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Eleven companies took part in a road safety pilot project which will enable the government to look into the viability of equipping commercial vehicles with GPS tracking speed warning devices.

Launched in an event by the Ministry of Transformation and Infocommunications (MTIC) through the Land Transport Department recently, eight transport companies along with three Speed Warning Device (SWD) suppliers participated in the project, which will run for six months.

According to the Director of Land Transport Hj Rozaly Hj Saidin, the use of SWDs is not new, having been enforced in Brunei Darussalam since 2002 under the Road Traffic (Speed Warning Devices) Regulations.

However, under this new pilot project, all parties involved will see a new SWD being introduced which will employ GPS tracking to monitor the vehicle’s speed but is also said to monitor the driver’s conduct including actions such as harsh braking, harsh turning and not wearing seat belts.

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In comparison, existing SWDs are often mounted on the dashboards of public, commercial and heavy vehicles, whereby the device would emit a loud noise if the vehicle is speeding, subsequently prompting the driver to reduce his or her speed.

Additionally, the device is connected to lights that are installed on the roof of the vehicle, which will flash when triggered thereby alerting any law enforcement officers nearby to take immediate action.

The director went n to say that a committee has also been set up by the department to manage the pilot project whereby the results will then be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the new SWDs.

Transport and Infocommunications Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib POKSSDP Hj Mohd Yussof said in a speech that part and parcel of the pilot project is to introduce to the nation the new technological developments within the transport sector.

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“In line with this pilot project, what is also important is the effort in updating Road Traffic Regulations, especially those related to SWDs for heavy vehicles,” he continued.

“Through the enforcement of this GPS technology (in the transportation sector), it is our desire to see the transportation sector, particularly land transport, be more stable, empowered and safe,” the minister added.

During his speech, the minister also shared information on road traffic offenses that occurred in the first half of this year, which has shown a slight increase compared to the same period last year.

As of July this year, mobile phone use while driving and failure to wear seat belt cases increased, to 24 and 11 cases respectively compared to the 15 and 11 cases recorded last year, adding that all six road fatalities that occurred this year involved the victims not wearing seat belts.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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