SiKAP leads to sharp decline in traffic offence cases

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE introduction of the SiKAP demerit system has led to the dramatic decrease in cases of road traffic offences to 922 last year from 4,080 in 2014, said the communications minister yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat said that since its establishment in 2013, SiKAP has made a positive impact in reducing the number of traffic offenders.

The minister was responding to LegCo Member Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor @ Hj Md Daud Karim’s enquiry on whether the establishment of SiKAP has influenced an increase or decrease in road users violating road rules and regulations.

Citing data from the Land Transport Department, the communications minister said that overall, 6,669 people have incurred demerit points as of November 14 last year.

In regard to the demerit points deduction, he said that eight people incurred 20 points, 61 people incurred 21 points, 171 people incurred 18 points and 361 incurred 12 points.

However, the number of road accidents remain relatively unchanged.

“The number of road accidents has not shown any significant changes. Road accidents are still at a high level with 3,366 accidents in 2014 and 3,345 in 2015,” he said highlighting that 85 to 95 per cent were due to drivers’ road etiquette.

“This includes carelessness and the habit of risk-taking. Among them are driving while tired, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and driving while on the phone.”

The minister also noted that accidents involving commercial and heavy vehicles have recently increased.

YB Dato Hj Mustappa told the council that the ministry will continue its efforts in keeping roads safe which is in line with the five ‘E’ initiatives under the United Nations Decade of Actions for Road Safety year 2011 to 2020.

The five ‘E’ refer to education, enforcement, engineering, emergency and environment.

The Brunei Times