Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What was said after...

Kuala Lipis bus crash (2003): 14 killed, 26 injured
1. Recommendation: Send drivers for refresher course.
Status: Not implemented

2. Recommendation: Two drivers in each express bus.
Status: Implemented but poorly monitored.

3. Recommendation: Punish bad drivers with higher insurance premiums.
Status: Not implemented.

4. Recommendation: Drivers to undergo medical check-ups once every six months.
Status: Implemented but carried out once a year due to high cost.

5. Recommendation: Suspend bus operator's permit if driver found to have caused an accident.
Status: Partially implemented. Several bus drivers were suspended.

6. Recommendation: Drivers and passengers to fill in a report on the problems they faced.
Status: Implemented for several months but discontinued.

7. Recommendation: Drivers not to drive for more than eight hours continuously.
Status: Implemented but poorly monitored.

8. Recommendation: New guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers.
Status: Implemented: Second driver introduced, drivers allowed maximum journey of eight hours and rest every two hours.

Nibong Tebal bus crash (July 2006): 11 killed, 35 injured on their way to St Anne's Feast
1. Recommendation: Drivers to undergo mandatory refresher courses once every three years.
Status: Not implemented.

2. Recommendation: Special centres to be set up nationwide to train drivers.
Status: Not done as refresher course programme was still pending.

Recommendations after the Bukit Gantang crash (Aug 13, 2007): 20 killed, 9 injured
1. Drivers to undergo mandatory refresher course.
2. Tighten rules for drivers and implement same checks as carried out on airline pilots.

3. Safety briefing for passengers before journey begins. Just like in planes.

4. Build railway tracks to connect more towns. Rail travel is safer.

5. All passengers to wear safety belts.

6. Drivers must be in good mental and physical health.

7. Drivers not to drive continuously for eight hours.

8. All highways and expressways to be lit up.

9. Improve quality of locally assembled buses.
10. Hiring more foreign drivers.

Source:News Strait Times