KUALA LUMPUR: PLUS Malaysia Bhd has won the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in London, becoming the first Asian highway company to receive an international award involving highway safety.
The award was presented by Prince Michael of Kent from the British royal family to PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail as recognition for PLUS’ success in implementing various safety initiatives along the 1,134.1km highway in peninsular Malaysia.
Azman said the award was a recognition of PLUS as a world-class highway builder which complied with high safety standards at the international level.
“This confirms that PLUS is an organisation that places priority and stress on the safety aspects, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
PLUS is one of the 23 recipients of the award from 70 companies worldwide feted at the event held at The Savoy in London on Tuesday.
It was attended by more than 350 international road safety experts and professionals.
As the largest highway operator in Malaysia that provides services to more than 1.7 million clients every day and 3,000 highway workers, PLUS has adopted the 3E approach which covers the aspects of Engineering, Enforcement and Education in handling road safety since 2017.
In terms of education, PLUS collaborated with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and introduced the Expressway Operations Safety Passport (EOSP).
“Shortly after its implementation, EOSP had contributed to a reduction in fatalities of workers and contractors working on the highway by 75%, ” the statement said.
Prince Michael is one of the main supporters of highway safety.
He promotes the Decade of Action of the United Nations, which is an international programme that has saved millions of lives by encouraging good safety practices.
Since 1987, the award had recognised those who had contributed towards improving road safety throughout Britain.
Now, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards gives recognition to extraordinary achievements and innovations throughout the world. — Bernama