Tuesday, 5 December 2017, Kuching: A high-powered team from the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) paid a courtesy call on LBU yesterday to explore the possibility of getting Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak to be involved in the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP).
Led by its acting director-general Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak, the MIROS team presented to LBU on what iRAP is and was hopeful that the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak could be part of the programme which involves road safety design assessment once it is completed.
According to its website, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) was established in 2007 as an agency under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia to serve as a central repository of knowledge and information on road safety.
Findings derived from research and evidence-based intervention programmes provide a basis for the formulation of new strategies, legislation, policies and enforcement measures governing road safety at the national level.
For Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, LBU HSE Officer Abdul Rahman Kadir said it was still early days to consider participation in the programme as the Highway is currently still under construction.
“The assessment under iRAP will be rated from one to five star with the target being to at least reach three stars and above.
“With the rating, the road users would know which road has the best safety design, hence safer for them to travel.
“We will look into the possibility of being part of this assessment once the Highway is completed,” said Rahman.
By participating in this assessment, he explained that it would help in improving the existing road design to have a better road safety features.
A check on the iRAP website indicates that the star ratings are based on road inspection data, and provides a simple and objective measure of the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Five-star roads are the safest while one-star roads are the least safe.
Despite the many challenges such as constructing the highway on a “live road” and at multiple locations, the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project however has put in place an efficient traffic management plan, in compliance with rules, regulations and industry best practices.
LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid in his many speeches has stressed on best practices in traffic management