Monday, October 11, 2010

Another fatal accident, another bus error

The latest road accident near Batu Ampat Toll Plaza of the North-South Expressway yesterday evening, saddens me. I believe many other Malaysians are extremely shocked and appalled with it.

How could a bus ferrying dozens of passengers lost control and flipped over onto the opposite lane, bulldozing oncoming van, cars and another bus? At press time, at least 12 people died and dozens injured, some in serious condition (read Bernama).

Could it be technical or human error? If it was human error, the background of the driver, his history and medical record should be investigate. Should technical errors led to such an incident, the condition of the bus must be investigated, including its last inspection with the Puspakom.

The country has seen many major road accidents over the last few years, mostly involving heavy vehicles like buses, lorries, tankers and trailers. The common error, apart from human, is the tyres in use.

In many countries like Japan, Switzerland, Croatia, United States, Germany and Australia, the use of re-thread tube tyres are totally banned due to its instability and unsafe condition. The impact should such a tyre depletes, is beyond control.

However in Malaysia, it is still in use for its low price. A new medium-class tubeless tyre for a bus could easily costs RM800 each, compared to RM200 of a re-thread. Some new tyres are sold at RM2,000.

It is time for the government to take another look at this matter as in involves road safety. If there is a need to ban such tyres, then we should at least put a control on the price of new tyres for heavy vehicles.

To those involved in the Simpang Ampan accident, do accept my sincere sympathy and condolence.

17 comments:

curut said...

Bro, when the Naila Express accident was on the rise, one of their driver told me, the company resorted to cheap tires as a way to cut cost. Me and some other passenger had to wait the whole night for the bus from KL to arrive at Larkin Station because the "newly replaced cheap tire" blew just as they reach Nilai. And most of their drivers are indeed, "drive very fast".

vinnan said...

Tyre prices are high in Malaysia because of the duties imposed by the government. Singapore which has no tyre factories actually have cheaper tyres in ringgit terms and retreads are banned in the republic.

Who is responsible for this state of things? UMNO, UMNO and UMNO.

Anonymous said...

Samseng bukanlah istilah asing atas jalan raya. Cumanya kehadiran samseng seolah-olah tidak dihiraukan oleh pengguna awam.

Kalau sekali pun sampai pada pengetahuan pihak berwajib, kebarangkalian untuk aduan berkenaan (kehadiran samseng jalanraya)dipandang sebagai penting dan perlu disusuli dengan tindakan efektif adalah terlalu kecil.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that the use of re-thread tyres must be totally banned. As a motorcyclist, I have on various occasion, experience near-misses, running into these large chunk of re-thread debris 7 logs. The ethics of some of our lorry drivers, should also be looks into: e.g., tying-up of their load properly to ensure that there must not be any possibility of going overboard. If not loaded, the logs, wedges or shackles use to positioned loads, must be securely stowed. Lorries usually run fastest, when they are empty, and this is when most of what it carries, are strewn off the road. I once, almost ran over a 10x24 inch log on the emergency lane of the highway.

mbk said...

En Bujai
There's nothing wrong with retread tyres. They are as good as new tyres. Most truks in Europe and USA uses retread tyres for the backwheels. There is no issue about reliability or safety. You can check with Lembaga Getah Malaysia for confirmation. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

reckless is common but the condition of the vehicles is not so common

don kisot said...

saya setuju yang tayar celup tidak lagi sesuai digunakan, malah amat membahayakan jika meletup.

kerajaan patut regulate penggunaannya. kalau boleh, haramkan

Anonymous said...

Corruptions at your Vehicle Inspection Centres is one of the main cause of your frequent Motorway accidents.

Zinzan, NZ

Anonymous said...

A bus driven at legal speed will not flip over as easily.

Anonymous said...

A bus driven at legal speed will not flip over as easily.

anti pendatang said...

Actually ada seekor babi melintas masa tu. Babi tu nama vinnan. babi ni yang banyak merosakkan masyarakat Malaysia. Mari kita langgar babi vinnan tuh.

Anonymous said...

Accidents involving express buses shud be addressed immediately. At one time, it was perceived that traveling on express buses was one of the safest mode of transport. Not anymore. Something must be done and done immediately. Somebody's father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter had died, maimed and scarred for life.
We do not know what's the cause yet but I do know everytime, and that's a lot of time, I travelled on the North-South highway, East Cost highway I was always intimidated by express buses which were driven in excess of 120kph!!! The directors of the company should be also be held accountable. After all they are responsible for the services esp. on safety, offered by their companies -- condition of buses, drivers skills and attitude..etc. What about the relevant authorities..they ought to take responsibility for what had happened too

Vinnan said...

Saya mohon maaf keana sentiasa mengenakan UMNO. Ini semua berasal dari hati saya yang busuk. lagi sekali maaf.

budakPenang said...

faktor utamanya bukan sebab tayar ka,sport rim atau apa2 pun..yg jadi punca nya sebab MEMANDU LAJU..dari dulu sampai sekarang depa pelekat belakang kenderaan berat satu stiker..80KM/H Jalan Biasa..90KM/H Highway...tapi mana ada satu driver bas pon yg bawak 90KM/H kt highway..pemandu2 ni langsung takdak rasa tgungjwab...kalau aku ada kuasa,aku akan buat satu undang2..setiap kenderaan berat WAJIB dipasang ALAT PEMATI KELAJUAN..top speed suma kenderaan berat mesti locked pada 90KM/H...mesti ada punya device macam tu..mesti buleh buat punya...mau atau takmau ja..menteri2 kita bukan nk sensitif sgt bab2 ni..walhal ini lah kebajikan rakyat yg sebenar...yg depa nk kalut = PILIHANRAYA...

sasosafetysigns said...

Most accident happens because of lack of knowledge and concentration. Overtaking
is one of the main cause. I strongly urged the Transport Minister to implement a tough transport Law's and ask everyone to retake their license test within next three months. Until and unless Transport minister and official do something drastic these accident will never stops.

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Mesa Accident said...

Oh my! It is sad to know of the real cause of an accident to find out that it could have been avoided. My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy.

Andi said...

The wreckage looked like crumpled steel! My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. I thought I'd share www.deathletters.org as it helped me get through the loss of someone very special to me. Maybe it will help them too.