Public praises JPD’s safe driving guidebook

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Land Transport Department’s (JPD) recently launched safety guidebook has been well received by the public for not only containing advice that could save lives but also for offering simplified information on vehicle maintenance and fuel economy.

Titled Safe and Smart Driving in Brunei Darussalam, the 242-page book is part of the Ministry of Communications’ education thrust to raise public awareness on road safety.

Members of the public interviewed yesterday said the book, which can be obtained at JPD’s headquarters in Gadong for five dollars, was a one-stop, all-you-need-to-know guide on transport issues in Brunei.

“My friend introduced the book to me when I first came to Brunei at the start of the month,” said Chan Kee, an expatriate.

“I found the information on how international licenses translate to local driving licenses particularly helpful for a foreigner like me,” he added.

Hjh Rosemawati, who has been driving for over 20 years, said the vehicle maintenance chapter was very user-friendly, allowing her to understand the basic areas she needs to check before driving.

“The POWER (Power, Oil, Water, Electric, Rubber) points is a very concise, simple way for Bruneians to understand the basics to keep the car and you safe,” she said.

Another road user, Munir Hj Ahmad, said the fuel efficiency chapter contained new, rarely used tips that drivers could take to save money and reduce our carbon footprint.

“Lower tyre pressure making cars use more fuel was not something I had considered before,” he said, adding that advice on shifting gears as soon as possible was useful as well.

A student, Md Nazirul Othman, suggested that copies of the book be placed in schools, as many youth had questions about purchasing cars, modifications and getting their licenses.

“Although we are not drivers yet, a lot of the information in the book can help educate us and allow us to make better choices when we are old enough to drive.

“A lot of the book is in very simple, easy to understand terms, so I had no issue learning from it,” he said.

The Brunei Times