It is now day four after Friday’s crash on the Metramac highway besides the Connaught Crash, and there is a deafening silence from those who should have by now reassured the public.
And the Raya transport madness is going to kick off in late September to early October – what should we do?
There has been a land transport transport crisis in this country for a long time, and it is time for a Royal Commission on Land Transport – because those who are in charge are clearly failing us and it is time for us to know conclusively where are the cracks in the system, rather than wait out and hope the accident rates will go down.
They are all about failing brakes.
And when you look at the hundreds of decrepit lorries when you drive home today, you have to think that the chances of you being a victim is very high.
That not being enough, you have to worry about loose debris from lorries. There is haphazard enforcement and it is commonplace for debris to flung out out from lorry tops, especially those carrying loose loads like soil etc. They are only fastened by a plastic sheets.
Cement mixer trucks are known to shed loose mixes unto the road as they load and unload without looking at whether the vehicle is fit to travel.
JPJ – Police
Lorries are not allowed to travel on main roads before 9am on weekdays, so what was the lorry in the Friday crash doing on the road?
Enforcement does not happen in this country. In the height of public dissension and crashes the police and JPJ will start a PR exercise in how they are the for the rakyat. But they are not interested in commercial enterprise – and I think the public would be interested to know why there is no adequate enforcement.
They are however very keen on private vehicles and more so getting us to fear them. Police and JPJ blocks for the private vehicles and the usual shakedowns that accompany them.
The private citizen does not usually have a backer and the prospect of battling the police/JPJ and courts for minor infractions is too troublesome. Pay-offs are common, and getting to become cultural.
Give a response
Perhaps I am jumping the gun, but brakes and enforcement of heavy vehicles have been problems preceding the Friday crash, and there is no sign the Transport Ministry is willing to explain – or make their corollary organisations explain.
- Was the lorry in the wrong place – driving time?
- When was the lorry last checked for brake reliability?
- Who was the person who did the check?
- What measures have the lorry company taken since the accident?
And those are just basic questions, and there will be more expert questions, ones that will enable us to get to the truth of the matter.
As it stands the press have stopped reporting on what has come of the people involved in the accident on Friday. Everyone has been quick enough in making sure the scene of the accident has been fixed to not remind us of the accident.
Probably that is the approach in Malaysia. Talk about it, show remorse in the aftermath, and hope that people forget about it.
We cannot forget, the lorries are still out there, and they too have gone through the same process of approval. if x number of vehicles have crashed, there are x number of vehicles out there who are susceptible to repeat the crash.
Where are they? But more importantly, does anyone care?