28 December 2020 – The Centre for Transport Research (CfTR) of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) took part in an exhibition in conjunction with the launching ceremony of the Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan 2025 organised by The Brunei Darussalam National Road Safety Council (BDNRSC).
The Strategic Plan was officially launched by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications and the Chairman of the BDNRSC. The ceremony was held at Amar Pahlawan Hall, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications.
After the launching ceremony, the Minister proceeded to view an exhibition of the Road Accident Data Enhancement and Development (RADED) project, which was awarded to CfTR, UTB by the BDNRSC in July 2019.
The project was presented by the project’s co-principal investigators: Dr. Tan Soon Jiann, Director of CfTR; Dr. Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili, Assistant Professor from UTB; two full-time research assistants, Awang Muhammad Nur Al-Hafiz bin Haji Hamidi and Awang Muhammad Yusri bin Md. Yusop; and a part-time research assistant, Awang Isaamuddin Mahsofidin.
At the exhibition, CfTR showcased the main outcomes of the project, which consists of an Android app for on-site data collection, and an integrated and centralised national road traffic accident (RTA) data system for Brunei Darussalam.
During the launching, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib shared that the RADED system has been on a trial phase since July 1 and is projected to be fully implemented on January 1, 2021.
It was also revealed that the number of road accidents in the Sultanate has seen a decreasing trend of 55 per cent, from 29 fatalities in 2017 to 13 facilities in 2019 and as of last November 2020, 11 fatalities have been recorded.
The Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan contains 48 initiatives which are targeted to be implemented over the next five years. The vision of the Plan, namely “zero road accident fatalities” was selected and aligned with the Strategic Plan 2025 of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, to emphasise the importance of the lives of road users.