PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will support any move by the private sector to inculcate road safety habits in Malaysian drivers.
“Drivers need constant training and testing to become skilful and cautious,” Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy told a press conference after opening the Racewalker Tuning Centre at Jalan 227 here, a one-stop centre for all vehicles that is owned by BSA International Bhd.
The company initially imported parts to manufacture and export alloy wheels to 60 countries.
To mark its opening, the BSA Motorsports Racing Team launched its Super 2 Cup 2004 Race Series to promote the company’s racing cars and alloy wheels.
Also present at the press conference was BSA group executive chairman Datuk Dr Soh Thiam Hong.
Chan said his ministry encouraged the setting up of driving skills centres and welcomed BSA’s initiative to set up its own driving academy to promote safe driving habits.
He said the ministry would support any private sector move to train drivers to be careful on the road.
On the BSA Motorsports race series, Chan said the attractive prize money and trophies would draw foreign participation.
He added that this would help promote Malaysia as a regional centre for motor sports.
He said the ministry has set up an Automotive Centre of Excellence to train drivers of heavy commercial vehicles.
The Cabinet was concerned about the rising number of road accidents and had directed all commercial vehicle drivers to go for training and refresher courses, he said.
“Reducing road accidents and improving road safety should be everyone’s concern,” he said, adding that the private sector should also take the initiative to produce highly skilful drivers.
On the review of the ministry’s delivery system, Chan said a task force was coming out with measures and procedures to improve efficiency in all departments under the ministry.
“We have already started by introducing special service counters at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) for disabled people and pregnant women,” he said, adding that long queues were not a major problem at most JPJ offices.
Dr Soh said BSA would be opening 10 tuning centres in the Klang Valley and another 40 in other major towns.