Training firm introduces courses on road safety

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BELAIT

A BELAIT-BASED training company is looking to include road safety aspects into its existing Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) training services in its bid to expand its portfolio.

The firm, Joffren Omar Company Sdn Bhd, with its head office located at Sg Bera Industrial Site, recently collaborated with BRUNZ Safety Management Training Company for a two-day pilot programme that educate participants on understanding the risks they face while driving.

Named the “Street Talk Driver Education Programme”, the training, which focuses on psychology as the key factor for road safety, was designed by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and was approved by the Land Transport Department.

Clifford Santa Maria, an NZTA approved driving instructor and also a consultant and training manager at BRUNZ Safety Management Training Company, explained that the programme is designed to be interactive.

“It allows participants to share their experiences, enlighten the others on the concepts of driving, as driving for over 30 years does not make a person an experienced driver,” he said.

“They might be experienced, but it does not necessarily mean their driving is safe,” he added.

Gary Young, Joffren Omar Company’s Learning and Development Manager, said that the plan to include road safety as aspects to the company’s HSSE training services was in consideration of the growing need for more awareness on road safety issues.

Road safety, he said, continued to be a concern in the country, noting that 36 road fatalities were recorded, to which The Brunei Times had reported to be the highest ever recorded in the country to date.

Young said that some of these accidents could have been prevented if more people are able to identify and manage the risks.

This may also include the slippery state of the road during the rain, and to drive in a safer manner, he added.

Road safety, said Young, is no stranger to other countries, which had also formulated some policies and standards to curb the rising trends of road traffic accidents and fatalities in their respective areas.

“So what we are doing right now is to bring in their road safety standards into Brunei, as they would have stood the test of time and have been challenged, which will most likely be strong enough to be adapted into Brunei,” he said.

Looking at the successful pilot programme, he said the plan now is to offer it to corporate clients, professional drivers and members of the public as soon as possible.

The programme will then be a course title that will appear in the company’s list of provided training services, and it will also appear on the company’s website and other promotional materials produced, said Young.

While there are still some steps to attend to, he said it may be only a question of months rather than years before they start introducing the course.

The Brunei Times