Datuk Suret Singh is asking: Will a refreshed driver demerit system reduce road traffic deaths and injuries, especially of recalcitrant drivers and riders?
There could be a big change of drivers’ attitudes in Malaysia following the Ministry of Transport’s decision to review the decades-old driver demerit system, KEJARA. MIROS has been tasked by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to lead this review.
The first meeting of the working group was held on 29th July 2020 with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (RTD). The working group will continue regular meetings to ensure effective coordination in the KEJARA revamp efforts.
Driver Demerit Points System An efficient Driver Demerit Points System can instil driver discipline and a coordinated effort is now in progress to achieve the desired outcomes. It is understood that the Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, wants an effective KEJARA system to be rolled out as a MIROS matter of priority.
This is a major initiative and strategy to improve road safety in Malaysia, targeting persistently reckless drivers with suspension of drivers’ licences. KEJARA is the most effective way to discipline the 15 per cent to 20 per cent habitually reckless drivers on our roads, warning drivers of KEJARA points accumulation and suspension on attaining maximum 20 demerit points. Under this revamp, drivers who have no traffic summonses for one year will be awarded a merit point bonus for good behaviour.
MIROS’ initial assessment based on the first working group coordination meeting on 29th July 2020 is that data integration of PDRM traffic summonses to the KEJARA Demerit Points database will take at least three working months. Commencement of data integration is now pending the award of a new IT Development and Maintenance contract for JPJ’s IT systems network by the Ministry of Finance.
Financial Implications of Road Deaths While human anguish, pain and permanent disability can’t be measured, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report estimates that the financial implications of road deaths and injuries is equivalent to 1 per cent to 2 per cent of a nation’s GDP.
Conversely, using detailed data on deaths and economic indicators from 135 countries, a World Bank 2018 study “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable,” estimates that, on average, a 10 per cent reduction in road traffic deaths has the impact of raising per capita real GDP by 3.6 per cent over a 24-year period.
There are signs that the road safety situation is finally changing in Malaysia after years of increasing road death toll figures. The year 2016 could have marked a significant deflection point when road deaths reached 7 152 with reductions in subsequent years as follows.
Credit should be given to MOT for empowering MIROS to coordinate this integration between PDRM and JPJ. The KEJARA database on driver demerit points currently only includes JPJ traffic summonses. PDRM traffic summonses are not linked to the KEJARA data.
The implementation of KEJARA where delinquent drivers are penalised by suspension of the driver’s licence will translate to speedy administrative action on driver’s licence suspension for drivers attaining the maximum 20 demerit prints compared to court action which is also a great deterrence but takes a much longer time frame to meet out sentences to reckless drivers.
MIROS is the only full-fledged Road Safety Institute in the ASEAN region. MIROS is a globally accredited ASEAN centre on road safety. Among other achievements, the MIROS PC3 Crash Assessment Lab in Melaka conducts crash impact assessment and safety star grading of new models of vehicles.
Major Quick Win for Road Safety KEJARA is one of the low-hanging fruits which can result in a major quick win for road safety in Malaysia. Construction of motorcycle lanes can also have a major impact as 66 per cent of road deaths involve motorcycles but the infrastructure will take at least five years to be put in place assuming the MIROS proposal for this infra upgrade is adopted under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021–2025).
Other quick wins are creating seatbelt-wearing and child-restraint systems compliance as a community culture. Rolling out speed detection cameras at frequent crash locations as well as red light violation detection can also have a major deference on reckless drivers and riders stringent enforcement action. Mobile phone usage without hands-free devices causes distracted driving. Addressing this bad behaviour norm will also have a major deterrent effect on addressing recklessness on our roads.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 (UN SDG 2030) has set a global target of reducing road deaths and serious injury by 50 per cent by 2030. An effective KEJARA system which delivers its designed outcomes combined with motorcycle lanes and other quick wins will greatly assist Malaysia to attain UN SDG 2030 targets.
Datuk Suret Singh is Chairman of MIROS at Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Asian Trucker Media Sdn Bhd.
Shuttle and tour bus services are crucial offerings in the city state of Singapore. Ample capacity is needed to ensure that students, workers and tourists get to their destinations and back. Leon, owner of Big One Transport Service relies on a Volvo bus as the main asset for his business. The vehicle was acquired early in 2019 after his father in law, who has extensive years of experience in the transport service, recommended the brand.
“I was told that this bus is the perfect option. -Among other brands, I opted for a Volvo , as -it stands for safety, which was the main driving factor.” l Price of the bus was not so much of a deciding factor as other brands were also at the same price levels according to him. “Driving the Volvo bus has been easier as it offers more power than other brands I have used before.”
Leon also mentioned that the Volvo bus has helped him get more business. “First of all, it is a new bus, which gives customer’s confidence. Also customers have commented on the increased comfort and quiet nature of the bus.” One thing he recommends is that a proper test drive be done once any new bus is handed over. “There might be issues that the body builder has not fixed or not noticed. There are bound to be issues and one has to weed them out before putting the bus into daily operation,” he explained.
Although it is a tough and competitive business, Leon is confident
that the Volvo bus will help him provide high levels of safe, reliable and comfortable transportation to his customers. For instance, the service interval of a Volvo bus is much longer than other brands, thus minimizing the downtime . He acknowledges that while the service cost may be a little bit more expensive, the overall cost of ownership is lower. With the bus, Volvo offered two free services and two years warranty on the driveline to get him started. This was coupled with a training to teach Leon on how to best use the bus, in order to operate it most economically. On a lighter note, he remarks that “The only thing we still have to do ourselves is the scheduling for the service”. Once scheduled, the service is fast and only takes me half day. Our trips vary in length and it is not possible for Volvo to predict on which day we should come in for the service.”
An incredible success story: At this year’s ETM Awards, MAN Truck & Bus came out on top in ten categories – the most successful return of any manufacturer. From vans and trucks to buses, the entire MAN product family impressed readers, customers and drivers across the board.
MAN eTGE, MAN Lion’s City 12 E and MAN eTGM win the three additional categories for electric vans, electric buses and electric trucks The new Truck Generation is in the fast lane: MAN TGX and MAN TGS come out on top in the long-haul transport, tippers up to 32t and distribution transport starting at 18t categories
Lion’s City, Lion’s Intercity and Lion’s Coach wWn in the City Bus, Intercity Bus and Coach cCtegories Respectively Other award-winners: MAN Service Complete for truck-trailer service and MAN Financial Services for truck leasing/financing Together with DEKRA, the commercial vehicle specialist publications trans aktuell, lastauto omnibus and FERNFAHRER went hunting for the best commercial vehicles and the best brands in the commercial vehicle industry again this year. A huge number of readers responded to their call. More than 250 commercial vehicles across 16 categories – from vans through to heavy-duty trucks and intercity buses, were in the running for the “Best Truck”, “Best Van” and “Best Bus” awards at the ETM Awards. “This makes us even prouder that MAN Truck & Bus was able to scoop ten of the coveted ETM Awards. This is an incredible success story!” says Göran Nyberg, Executive Board Member for Sales and Marketing at MAN Truck & Bus, who adds: “The fact that our entire product family was able to win people over shows how positively our brands are perceived and how satisfied our customers and drivers are with our trucks, buses and vans. A success story like this would never have been possible without our team, who worked tirelessly and with great motivation to secure the best possible result.”
MAN Wins in all Three Electric Vehicle Categories Awards were also presented for three additional categories covering electric vans, electric buses and electric trucks. And MAN Truck & Bus would not be denied in any of the three categories. The MAN eTGE, MAN Lion's City 12 E and MAN eTGM took first place in their respective categories. “As such, the entire MAN electric fleet won an award. This proves that our highly modern electric vehicles make an outstanding impression,” says Nyberg.
MAN Buses are Streets Ahead MAN’s buses also received rave reviews. MAN Lion’s City G with MAN EfficientHybrid came out on top in the city bus category. MAN Lion's Intercity took the intercity bus category and MAN Lion’s Coach, the current “Coach of the Year 2020”, took the coach category. MAN Service Complete also took first place for the truck-trailer service. “With this award, the readers are paying homage to our high level of service and our customer-focussed approach,” explains Christoph Huber, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH, who adds: “We are absolutely delighted that our vehicles and our services have been given such great ratings, particularly in our domestic market of Germany. It is all the more meaningful that these ratings are provided by the people who use the vehicles and services every day. We couldn’t have hoped for better praise.” Even the group’s own range of financial services won through in the readers’ choice: MAN Financial Services was successful in taking home one of the coveted prizes for the second year running, winning the “truck leasing/financing” category by some distance.
Virtual Award Ceremony for Winners on 23 July 2020 On account of the current situation, the ETM publishing house and DEKRA announced the winners of this year’s prestigious ETM Awards in the form of a virtual award ceremony. The stream was broadcast on 23 July 2020 on Facebook, YouTube and eurotransport.de.
With its one-month trial run in Johor Bahru having started on June 2020 along the route 10B operated by Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Handal Indah), (also known as Causeway Link), Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd took the opportunity to introduce the minibus, Hino Poncho, as public transport that supports Person with Disability (PWD)- friendly features. In collaboration with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Handal Indah, a test ride of Hino Poncho with PWDs passengers representing Persatuan Sokongan Orang Kurang Upaya Johor Bahru was successfully held on 9 July 2020.
The ride started from Johor Bahru Sentral to Pandan bus stop, which took around 15 minutes. To gather feedback, organisers of the event were speaking to Mohd Saiful Razali, from Jabatan Belia & Sukan Negeri Johor. It was his first Hino Poncho ride and according to him, the low-floor feature makes it easy for him to board the minibus as he has visual impairment. Sharing the experience on the wheelchair accessibility facilities, Ermy Jeffry Jamil, from Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Negeri Johor, said, the low floor feature that comes with a slide ramp gave him the confidence to embark and disembark independently. The low-floor minibus, Hino Poncho, is equipped with features designed for the benefit of PWDs.
When it enters operational duty, Hino Poncho will be the first of its kind in Malaysia meant for PWDs. Equipped with an ultra-low-floor system, the step to board the minibus is nearly as low as the ground. Additionally, it is designed with a vehicle height adjusting system that performs vehicle height lowering and raising control. The height can be lowered down by 50 mm to enhance the boarding and alighting property at bus stops and with the raising control, the chassis is able to lift up to 30 mm higher to improve drivability on rough road.
Taking into consideration the current state of affairs and caution advisories still in place by the Indian government, the organisers of Busworld India - Busworld and Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd in consultation with stakeholders have decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the fair. In order to keep the industry updated with the changing business landscape in the Bus & Coach sector, the organisers will continue to host a series of virtual webinars and interactive events to keep the industry connected until its next edition in 2022.
In consultation with key OEMs and exhibitors from the bus and coach industry, the 2020 edition of Busworld India that was postponed to 6th - 8th October 2020 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru is now set to be hosted in 2022. The organisers have confirmed that the dates for the next edition of the trade fair are currently under dialogues and will be announced after detailed discussions in the coming months.
As a result of flight restrictions impeding business travel to Vietnam, Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd has announced the postponement of two of its trade fairs in the country. With a respective focus on automotive services and the safety and security industry, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam, originally scheduled to take place concurrently at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre this summer from 20 – 22 August, will be rescheduled to 2021.
Restrictions that came in to force in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to effect international travel to Vietnam. Logistical uncertainty has therefore hampered planning for the diverse international contingent of both events, with less than two months remaining before the trade fairs were scheduled to open.
“As a responsible trade fair organiser, we hold a commitment to our participants that extends beyond the fairground to also include safe and practical travel to the venue,” explained Mr Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt Group. “Given that this cannot be guaranteed, we have decided that deferring both events to 2021 is the logical course of action. Supporting government authorities, associations and industry players have shown great enthusiasm for both trade fairs to return stronger in 2021, when exhibitors will have more time to plan their travel arrangements, and the business circumstances will be more stable.”
Sector leading events for the Vietnamese market Sharing a common focus on technological innovations related to Industry 4.0, the IoT, and automation, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam provide a gateway for both local and international suppliers to establish themselves in Vietnam.
At its previous edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 359 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, as well as over 8,900 trade visitors from the automotive service industry. The fair has been gaining influence in the region since it was established in 2017 thanks to its extensive coverage of motorcycles, the commercial and passenger vehicle segments as well as automotive manufacturing and automation. The 2021 fair will take place from 30 June to 2 July at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Likewise, Secutech Vietnam, and its Fire & Safety event supported by the local fire authority, has been flourishing since its first edition in 2008, regularly achieving year on year growth in both exhibitor (2019: 380) and visitor figures (2019: 14,239). Shining a spotlight on IoT based security and smart building solutions, as well as fire safety equipment, the platform benefits from close ties with government departments and industry associations, helping it to attract a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Fire Department, the next edition will feature an expanded array of fire safety seminars and demonstrations.
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the world’s automotive industry going through a rapid transformation with tightening emission norms across the world, even the type of fuel required is changing rapidly.
One such change is the use of BioDiesel in many South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where B10, B20 is becoming the new reality. For efficient performance, the engine needs to be clean and free of deposits, as deposits lead to reduced acceleration and power loss. With such a high content of biodiesel, normal engines oils are struggling to keep the engine clean.
Valvoline, a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, has introduced an advanced range of engine oils which are BioDiesel compatible.
“Valvoline All Fleet Premium and All Fleet E700 Plus engine oils help protect the engine against oxidative thickening due to the use of BioDiesel,” says Vikas Kapur, Director, Rest of Asia, Valvoline International. “With better oxidation resistance and protection against corrosion, these products deliver exceptional performance, even with BioDiesel.”
When Tuan Haji Laili and his wife took over an express bus company in Kelantan back in 2009, they only had one goal in mind; to provide the public a service to fulfil their goals. The company, Perdana Express, started out with 4 buses and continued expanding to become one of the leading express bus provider from the East Coast region with a combined fleet of over 100 buses. Today, Perdana Express has become a premium brand that provides one of the most premium services to its customers through its investment in the right products and services.
Perdana Express’ success story went through an interesting journey as Tuan Haji Laili invested into the business with zero experience in express bus and long distance transportation. His forte is in the field of property development and construction while his wife is in management and accounting. However, the couple were determined to achieve their goal and succeed, and have been very diligent in ensuring that Perdana Express keep up the high standards that they have both set for the service.
Perdana Express understands that investing in the right bus brand is crucial. The bus needs to be sturdy to withstand the long distance driving elements and must be able to perform well with minimal impact to the environment as well as being safe and comfortable for both the passengers and the drivers. Upon doing extensive research, Tuan Haji Laili turned to Scania to provide a bus that meets his requirements. Perdana Express first purchased Scania buses back in 2010 and found the buses to have the right safety, comfort, performance and after-sales services that are in line with the company’s values.
“Scania buses have proven themselves to be the right vehicle for Perdana Express. They provide our business with very good uptime and more importantly reduced environmental impact,” commented Tuan Haji Laili, Managing Director of Perdana Express.
Perdana Express’ confidence is evident as Scania buses make up a majority of the company’s fleet and these buses have been ferrying passengers to major cities in Peninsular Malaysia safely and comfortably for more than a decade now.
Tuan Haji Laili added that Scania also provided the right services to complement the buses which contributed to Perdana Express’s success. He cited the financing of the buses via Scania Credit as an example as it was easy to conduct business with Scania Credit and the processes were systematic.The high-quality service by Scania’s skilled workshop personnel also ensure that Perdana Express buses are serviced properly giving the highest uptime to ensure that the buses can maximise the time spent on the road without any problems. Perdana Express also recently signed Maintenance and Repair & Maintenance contracts for an additional 78 of its buses to ensure its customers peace of mind during their travels.
Whilst having the right buses and services are important to the success of the business, Perdana Express did not forget that its business must also be a responsible and a good company in reducing its environmental impact. Perdana Express is adamant in ensuring its carbon footprint is reduced as it also makes business sense. For this to take place, the company once again went to Scania for its sustainable transport solutions, and this time with the Scania Ecolution partnership. Scania Ecolution’s goal is to further reduce the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of commercial vehicle operators that ultimately lead to further reduction in the total operating cost thus translating to a more sustainable and profitable business.
Upon signing as a Scania Ecolution partner back in November 2019, Perdana Express has been working diligently to ensure that it is reducing its CO2 emissions. This commitment is clear as within two months, Perdana Express has reduced its CO2 emissions by 4,052kg which is equivalent to planting approximately 60 trees that has been flourishing for the past one year. Perdana Express is also looking forward for the driver coaching as a method to improve its drivers’ performance behind the wheel that will in-turn improve the operational performance while reducing the overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
“The initial reduction in CO2 emissions is a good benchmark for us to aspire for better results. It is important for us as a premium brand to ensure that Perdana Express is able to provide our customers with the best services while taking care of the environment at the same time,” summarized Tuan Haji Laili.
With the objective to encourage Hino Malaysia staff to practice a healthy lifestyle during the Movement Control Order (MCO), where all Malaysian are advised to stay and work from home, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino) initiated this internal campaign. To keep the bonding among the staff, Hino’s management came out with the program and it is part of the concept of ‘Fun & Smile’ implied in Hino’s workplace culture.
Named “Weight Control Order (WCO)”, the campaign ran for one month (1st – 30th April 2020) and saw 30 active participants from within the Hino Malaysia staff. The challenge was simple: all participants were asked to set target for their weight loss with a minimum of 500g. All participants were having an exercise session together for 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 pm via Microsoft’s Teams platform.
As incentive, the champion won a Huawei Smart Watch, while participants who achieve the target received AEON Voucher RM100. To add another level of difficulty, the champion was not solely chosen based on the amount of weight lost, but based on the target achievement.
Example: Person A: Target to lose 1kg, Achievement: Lose 3kg Person B: Target to lose 2kg, Achievement: Lose 2kg Person B is chosen as the Champion
Emerging as the champion was Mohammad Yahiz. His weight loss was set to 5kg and he achieved his target. He is shown here receiving his prize from Mr. Atsushi Uchiyama, Managing Director of Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia).
Awards showered on Mercedes-Benz Buses: the attractive, informative online presence has received a number of awards. Recently, the focus was on its high user-friendliness. It received the "German Brand Award" for 2020 as the "winner" in the "Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation - Brand Communication – User experience" category. The German Brand Award is considered one of the leading German brand awards.
The website won three prizes in the distinguished 2020 "German Stevie Awards": the prizes awarded to the Mercedes-Benz Buses website were the "Gold Stevie" for the best overall design and the best interface design, and the "Silver Stevie" in the "Best Website – Automotive and Transportation" category. The German Stevie Awards are high-level business prizes for German-language businesses in Europe. Companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium are entitled to participate.
From the internationally renowned "Mercury Awards" for professional communication, the Mercedes-Benz Buses website also received two awards: gold in the Corporate section for its online brand presentation and silver in the Online Magazine category.
The prize-winning Mercedes-Benz Buses website not only informs about products, but also presents a wide variety of up-to-date news about buses with the three-pointed star; it also offers information for companies, drivers and friends of Mercedes-Benz Buses.