Illegal car modifications blamed for vehicle fire cases

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THE Land Transport Department has blamed vehicle fire cases on illegal car modifications and repairs from unauthorised car workshops and mechanics.

During a press conference at the Ministry of Communications, Land Transport Director Dr Hj Supry Hj Ladi said car workshops and motorists need to stop unreliable mechanics from fixing vehicles’ electrical wiring systems.

Based on statistics by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Fire and Rescue Department, many of the 64 cases of vehicle fires in the first 10 months of this year were caused by faulty wiring.

From January 1 until October 9 this year, 32 cases were caused by faulty wiring on battery, lighting devices, fuse box and air conditioners whilst four cases were attributed to car collisions.

Meanwhile, 38 vehicle fire cases were said to be related with an overheated engine, oil leakage and sparks from engines that have no hood cover.

In 2015, there were 82 reported cases of vehicle fire, with Brunei-Muara registering the highest number with 52 cases. The Brunei National Road Safety Council reminded members of the public to be cautious in replacing their vehicle’s spare parts, particularly those that involve wiring and to conduct periodical servicing of the vehicles.

Dr Hj Supry said members of the public should be aware that any cases involving vehicles catching fire may affect their insurance claims.

The Brunei Times