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A mockery of law…because we let monkeys run the country

What happen to data from the GPS speed limiter black box? The GPS black box serves no purpose if no legal actions are taken against over speeding buses from the data collected.

This is second time I ask the same question!

Amend the law if the Police or prosecutor cannot use black box data as evidence in the court to charge bus drivers and companies.

Fire MCA’s Transport Minister, they are useless stock except good in corruption. Give the cabinet seat to other more aptitudinal person.

Simpang Ampat bus crash: Lesson not learnt

Buses still breaking speed limit on North-South Expressway
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 10:45:00

SPEED DEMON: An express bus breaking the speed limit at 120km/h at the expressway yesterday — Pic: Ashraf Shamsul Azlan

PETALING JAYA: Despite Sunday’s Simpang Ampat tragic accident with the loss of 12 lives, express bus drivers were relentlessly speeding on the highways.

When The Malay Mail conducted an observation yesterday afternoon along the North-South Expressway, we found more than 10 express buses blatantly ignoring the 90kph speed limit applicable to them.

While Malaysian highways have a speed limit of 110kph applicable for cars, and not heavy vehicles, the average speed for the monitored buses were between 100 and 110kph.

On two occasions, our team encountered the buses travelling at almost 120kph!

One bus in particular, a maroon Johor-bound Mayang Sari express bus, was overtaking cars from the middle and right lanes at inappropriate speed.

We then decided to overtake the bus and remained in front of it while adhering to the speed limit of 80 and 90kmph. The bus driver responded by first tailgating us, then impatiently overtook us on the left slow lane.

Over at the Nilai interchange, we noticed behind us an almost empty bus belonging to a nursing college harassing vehicles in the middle lane. The bus was speeding over 100kph and gained ground on us quickly.

The irate driver did not hesitate to overtake our team.
‘Speed limiter, GPS help crash probe’

PETALING JAYA: The use of onboard speed monitoring systems, such as a speed limiter-cum-Global Positioning System (GPS), may help authorities to find out what had transpired in accidents, says Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh.

He said most express bus operators were already using such systems as they were able to monitor detailed profiling of bus travel speeds, working hours of the drivers, and where and how long they stopped for breaks.

This system, he said, had been widely adopted, despite the operators having earlier rejected the ‘black box’ ruling initiative proposed in 2007, claiming various factors like design flaws of the box and the possibility of system tampering by operators.

While declining to comment on Sunday’s tragedy involving an express bus crashing into four other vehicles along KM223 of the North-South Expressway, Suret said the use of the new systems, since they have been largely adopted by bus operators, should be able to help in investigations of accidents.

“I can’t comment on the case because investigations are ongoing.”

The use of speed limiters and GPS, he said, would allow monitoring to be done either internally or externally.

“Internally, bus operators can do it themselves while externally, authorities like the Road Transport Department (RTD), can also do checks.”

Abuse of the system, he said, should not be an issue because operators who carry out the monitoring would want to maintain the good name of the company in the market.

Asked about the use of the black box on express buses, Suret said many had opted not to use the device due to its limitations.

The ‘black box’ ruling was first implemented on government-owned vehicles in 1997, and later extended to express and tour buses in 1998.

Following complaints from bus operators, the system was eventually replaced by the more sophisticated speed limiter and GPS system.

Police: Cause of accident still unknown

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will look into all angles in their investigation on the horrific Simpang Ampat bus crash which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured about 40 others last Sunday.

Bukit Aman police traffic chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof yesterday said: “We will check whether the accident was caused by human error, faulty vehicle or road factors. We are also awaiting a post-mortem report on the late driver of the Ekspres Delima bus to find out whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

He said the bus involved in the crash and the driver did not have any pending summons prior to the Oct 10 incident at KM223 North-South expressway near Pedas, Negri Sembilan, near the Simpang Ampat toll plaza.

The bus had left Malacca 45 minutes before the accident happened about 7pm.

“Our interview with crash survivors and witnesses will provide vital information on the cause of the accident,” said Abdul Aziz.

Bukit Aman police headquarters officially released the names of the victims yesterday.

“The total number of fatalities are 12 people and not 15 as reported by some media, while another 10 were badly injured and 28 others sustained minor injuries,” said Abdul Aziz, adding that some survivors were taken to various general and private hospitals in Seremban, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

The fatalities comprised nine locals and three Myanmar nationals. The nine locals were Ekspres Delima bus driver R. Ramachandra, 52, from Klebang Besar, Malacca, van driver Goo Chuan Heng, 34 (Batu Pahat, Johor), motorist Pang Shi Moei, 57 (Segamat, Johor), and bus passengers Muhammad Farizuddin Talib, 19 (Malim, Malacca), Azizi Ajis, 19 (Nyalas, Malacca), Norazmi Abdul Karim, 24 (Selandar, Malacca), Sharene Sofia Fadzry Tan, 18 (Semabok, Malacca), Nur Shafika Baba, 29 (Pokok Mangga, Malacca), and Eng Sok Kuan, 52 (Kuala Lumpur).

The three Myanmar men, were Pau Khan Tual, 21, Kam Khaw Tual, 28, and Cin Thawa Tuang (age unknown).

On Sunday, the Kuala Lumpur-bound Ekspres Delima bus crashed through a guardrail and ploughed into four vehicles heading in the opposition direction near Simpang Ampat. The impact caused the express bus to flip onto its side, pinning a Perodua Myvi.

The other three vehicles involved were a van, a car and another bus. Subsequently, a fifth vehicle, a car, also crashed into the pile-up.

The accident caused massive traffic jams for several hours and some sections of the expressway had to be closed to allow search and rescue operations to be carried out.

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Ah Beng says:

The country administration is rotten from top to bottom (you know where). The drivers are so bold because their bosses are. They know the police are their friends and are always thirsty because Malaysia is a hot country. The ministry only focuses on “development” in the industry and our town buses are still 30 years old in certain towns.