PETALING JAYA: The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) is intensifying its collaboration with major stakeholders to reduce road accidents by 20% for 2018 and 50% from 2020, its chairman Antony Lee said. The phased liberalisation of motor insurance tariffs has been going smoothly and the National Consumer Education Campaign has heightened awareness among the public on the benefits to consumers. He said motorists may be rewarded with lower insurance premium rates by being safe drivers and a responsible car owners but accident rates remain alarmingly high. Lee said the fatality index in 2017 stands at 2.34 compared with 2.59 in 2016, despite a reduction. PIAM aims to achieve an index of 2.0 for every 10,000 registered vehicles. Its chief executive officer Mark Lim said the trend of accidents and fatalities caused by heavy and commercial vehicles is worrying, although consumer education is important, enforcement is equally crucial. "The insurance industry supports the Kejara … [Read more...] about Intensifying efforts to reduce road accidents
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Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - March 29, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Road accidents have spiked as people flock to the provinces for the Holy Week, prompting transport and police officials to remind the public about the perils of reckless driving and poor vehicle maintenance. Seven people were killed and four were injured when a 10-wheeler truck plowed through a roadside eatery and five vehicles in Taal, Batangas early yesterday. The accident occurred exactly a week after 19 people died and 21 others were injured when a passenger bus fell into a ravine in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Police said the 10-wheeler truck laden with sugarcane was traveling down on a sloping road in Taal when it lost its brakes. It slammed into a parked truck also carrying sugarcane, which in turn crashed into the roadside eatery and five parked vehicles in Barangay Carsuche. Seven people were pinned to death. They were identified as Ramir Aguado, Melecio … [Read more...] about 7 dead in road accidents
As Thai holidaymakers journeyed to their hometowns for the annual New Year Festival with accompanying high traffic volumes on highways and crowded transport hubs, the Road Safety Operation Centre on Friday reported a slight decrease in accidents, deaths and injuries on the first of the seven-day road safety promotion period ending January 3. Thursday saw 41 deaths and 500 injuries in 477 road accidents – down in comparison to the same day last year when 524 road accidents claimed 42 lives and wounded 526 people, said Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. Chiang Mai reported the most accidents at 23 cases and the most casualties at 25 injuries while Si Sa Ket suffered the most fatalities with six deaths. The top two main causes of accidents were drunk driving (42.77 per cent) and speeding (26 per cent), while most crashes (73.62 per cent) involved motorcycles, Arkhom said. About 44 per cent of accidents took place on highways, while about one-third occurred on village … [Read more...] about DAY ONE – Seven days of danger. Road toll down.
The accident happened at 2.30am on the Asia Highway KM marker No 77+400 in Tambon Ban Paeng, Promburi district. Two Myanmar women and a Myanmar man were trapped in the front seats and charred beyond recognition. Nine others from Myanmar and the van driver, Ronnakorn Tonrub, were injured. Eight of the injured were rushed to Sing Buri Hospital and two were taken to Promburi Hospital. The trailer-truck driver, Suwanart Chansong, said he was about to change lanes to make a U-turn when the speeding van hit the right side of the trailer. The van driver claimed the truck had suddenly changed lanes as a result he was unable to stop in time so he swerved to the right and his van’s left side hit the trailer, causing the passenger door to be thrown open and the Myanmar migrants, who were at sleep, to be flung on the road from the impact. Ronnakorn said the three who were killed were trapped in the front seat as the van caught fire so he could not help them in time. He said he was … [Read more...] about Three Myanmar migrants burned to death in road accident
Two highways policemen have been bombarded with criticism for allegedly failing to exercise due care and causing a traffic accident in which two people received minor injuries over the weekend. The social media outcry erupted after Orawee Choochuen, 27, a musician, posted a video clip on Jan 28 of a crash that involved three vehicles, and demanded to know if two highways policemen should be held responsible for the collisions.In the clip, a highway policeman is seen in the middle of the road signalling for a 10-wheel truck which was following Ms Orawee's car to stop. She then crashed into the rear of the vehicle in front. She explained that her car had been hit in the back by the truck, which failed to brake while she was slowing down, the driver apparently distracted by the police."The police say it isn't their fault. They were doing their job. How am I supposed to feel about this?" she wrote.The clip was shared widely on social media and led to heavy criticism of the … [Read more...] about Highways police accused of causing road accident