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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- Vehicle design, driver management, poor data risk and journey management.These factors have been identified by the Malaysia Institute of Road Safety (MIROS) as causing heavy commercial vehicles to be involved in road accidents which claimed 412 lives last year.In addition, the vehicles -- buses, lorries and vans -- left 1,321 people seriously injured and 1,043 with minor injuries due to the said factors.
To arrest this unhealthy trend, Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat Tuesday night launched the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Code of Practice which sought to promote a more sustainable and vibrant transportation industry.The SHE Code of Practice falls under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 1994 which protects the safety and health of employees and provides for a healthy working environment to cater to the daily physical and physiological needs of employees.
Speaking to reporters, Ong said the SHE Code of Practice was formulated through a series of discussions and workshops involving, among others, Road Safety Department Malaysia, MIROS, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB), Road Transport Department and the police."The formulation of this manual is a very important point of reference for policy guidelines by all transport operators in the country," he added.
Ong said the objective of the SHE Code of Practice was to provide effective and rational guidelines for employers and employees to manage health safety and environmental issues in the transportation sector."The introduction of this code of practice is very timely as yet another important milestone to support the successful implementation of the Malaysia Road Safety Plan 2006-2010 and the Malaysia Zero Fatality Vision" said the minister.