Bengkel Kereta Berakas (BKB) recently introduced five new heavy duty towing vehicles and its heavy vehicle towing services as part of its commitment towards prioritising road safety among commuters in the country.

Managing Director of BKB Mohammad Ali Hashim Hj Mohd Yussof in an interview with The Bruneian noted that many heavy vehicles were seen stranded by the road side due to engine failure or flat tyres.

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“Sometimes you can see the drivers fixing the vehicles on the roadside and that is very dangerous not just to them but also to other road users. We do not want any uncalled accidents to happen,” he said.

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For him, the move for the company to purchase the vehicles was also due to no availability of towing services for heavy vehicles such as oil tankers, coaches and sand trucks, among others, in Brunei.

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“We saw the need in the market and decided to venture into it with hopes that insurance companies in the country can consider to include (the service) in their package,” said Mohammad Ali, adding that currently, towing costs need to be borne solely by vehicle owners.

The heavy-duty towing vehicles are CAMC 30Ton 8×4 Rotation Towing Truck, two units of CAMC 30Ton 6X4 UnRotation Towing Truck, 30Ton 8X4 Sinotruk Howo Wrecker Truck and 6X4 UD Tow Truck.

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The managing director also praised the initiative done by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) on the launch of “The Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan 2025” which drove BKB further to introduce the towing vehicles.

Under the plan, one of the key performance indicators is to decrease the proportion of accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles by 50 per cent – a goal that is supported by BKB through the introduction of the towing services.

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Image: Abrisam Halim

Moreover, Mohammad Ali Hashim also highlighted that more than 85 per cent of its workforce are locals while the remaining percentage are foreigners.

“Everyone is committed towards providing an effective communication channel, striving towards continuous growth of the company and emphasis on teamwork to achieve excellent services,” concluded the managing director.

BKB is local company founded in 1976 by Hj Mohd Yussof, the father of Mohammad Ali Hashim.  The company currently caters to repairs and servicing, import of used cars, vehicle rentals, vehicle inspection centre and towing services.

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Image: Abrisam Halim

In attendance at the launching ceremony were Chairperson of BKB Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Haji Hairul Mohd Daud Haji Abdul Karim, who is also the Secretary of National Road Safety Council.

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This article was first published on March 13, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 132

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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