Sunday, August 25

70 per cent of road accidents due to brake failure – Police

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 70 per cent of road accidents involving motorists is due to mechanical failure of the vehicles, especially the brake system.

Kuala Lumpur traffic police chief, DSP Abdullah Roning said the number of accidents could be reduced if owners inspect their vehicles once every six months at Puspakom.

“Brake failure in heavy vehicles such as buses and lorries occured because the drivers took the matter lightly,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

Last week, a couple were killed after a school bus crashed into the rear of their motorcycle in Kampung Datuk Keramat, believed due to brake failure.

The tragic accident in Jalan 15/56 AU 3, involved nine vehicles — two buses, five cars and two motorcycles. Abdullah said the brake system needs regular maintenance, particularly for heavy vehicles that go through traffic congestion daily.

“Motorists trapped in this situation will often slam the brakes and poor maintenance can result in failure.

“Drivers who overtake on double lines, speed and use mobile phones increased the risk of accidents but the statistics are small compared to brake failure,” he added. — Bernama