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We have just received news of a truck toppling over just after the Sierramas overheard bridge in Kepong in the direction to Kepong. Traffic is crawling along the PLUS E1 highway from the Sungei Buluh toll plaza since 3.08pm today.
Please take note and make the necessary adjustments to your journey as this truck is not going anywhere in the next hour or so.
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Hino Motors, Ltd. subsidiary, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (HMSM), and Yamato Transport (M) Sdn. Bhd. (YTM), have created a new safe driving training program that leverages both companies’ safety-related experience and capabilities. The program focuses on a driver aptitude test (DAT) in a training facility belonging to HMSM which is offered at the Hino Total Support Customer Center (HTSCC) in Sendayan.
Malaysia has a population of about 30 million and a steady economic growth rate of around 5% annually*, making it a leader among developing countries in Southeast Asia. However, the number of road deaths in 2018 are as high as 6284, and traffic safety is recognised as a social issue requiring a cooperative response from both the public and private sectors.
*Source: Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department announcement
HMSM was established in 1977, and in addition to providing best-fit trucks and buses for Malaysian customers, the company has promoted ‘Total Support’ to ensure that each vehicle purchased makes a strong contribution to the customer’s business. As part of this, the establishment of the HTSCC in 2015, is aimed to providing training programs that emphasized on safe and fuel-efficient driving which eventually works to maximise the uptime and minimise the life-cycle costs of the customers’ vehicle. Customer interest in the safe driving classes is high, and the company has implemented a program that is optimized for transport business operators in Malaysia.
YTM began operations in 1988, focusing on the forwarding and overseas moving businesses. In 2011, the company launched door-to-door parcel delivery services, ‘TA-Q-BIN’. When the business first started, YTM leveraged the experience they accumulated over many years of operating in Japan, particularly in regard to safety. In addition to educating drivers, they have promoted the development of in-house safety coaches, with the aim of improving safety instruction skills locally.
Now, in order to contribute to the development of a safe and secure vehicle operating society in Malaysia, the two companies are taking advantage of their joint experience in both Japan and Malaysia to launch an initiative for safe vehicle operation in the logistics and transport businesses.
Outline of the APTITUDE TEST AND SAFETY DRIVER TRAINING
The training program provided by HTSCC includes safety-related content using a combination of driving aptitude diagnosis, training lectures, and vehicle training. The training is based on each driver’s driving characteristics, with the aim of further improving their knowledge, awareness, and driving skills for safer driving. Specifically, instructors use the results of qualitative driving aptitude tests, and give awareness through quantitative on-the-job training, as well as facilitate improvement in their knowledge and consciousness of safe driving. In addition, training results are shared with the drivers and business operators as an aid to their daily safe driving guidance.
|Pre Theory Test|
|Analysis of Aptitude Test and Consultation|
|Lecture for Safety Driving [Human Characteristic]|
|Lecture for Safety Driving [Characteristic of Vehicles]|
|Safety Driving Session|
|Post Theory Test|
* The aptitude test and consultation to be provided by Yamato Transport Malaysia.
In the future, both HMSM and YTM will continue to work together to further enhance their programs and content in order to achieve a safe and secure vehicle operating society in Malaysia.
Hino Total Support Customer Center
The center was established in February 2015 as a test drive and training facility for customers. It is the HINO’s first permanent overseas facility able to carry out systematic driver training, from lectures to practical driving lessons. It has been very well received, and since its establishment the total number of users has already exceeded 10,000.
HINO is focusing on maximising vehicle uptime and minimising life-cycle costs, as part of the main fundamental values of ‘Total Support’ for customers’ businesses. This initiative is driven by the desire to help drivers improve their understandings and skills related to safe and fuel-efficient driving. There are also courses that focus on daily inspections to help prevent vehicle breakdowns, and training courses for improving safe driving techniques and hazard prediction abilities to help prevent accidents.
|Name||Hino Total Support Customer Center|
|Location||Lot PT 11636, Jalan Tech Valley 1/2 & 3/2,
Sendayan Tech Valley, 71900 Bandar Sri Sendayan,
|Established||February 2015 (renewed in November 2017)|
|Site area||39,600 m2|
|Facilities||Training building, driving circuit, narrow road|
|Total number of users||Around 11,000(as of the end of March 2019)|
Reduction of Traffic Accident Count in Malaysia
Death rates on Malaysian roads record third highest globally*. The current trend of accidents and fatalities is caused by heavy and commercial vehicles, such as trucks and busses.
HMSM and YTM have partnered and aligned with the government initiative towards road safety and the reduction of road accidents in Malaysia. Aiming to increase road safety and reduce road accidents, the companies have provided a holistic training and support program at HTSCC. The training program works towards enhancing and publicizing road safety so as to enforce right driving ethics, to reduce the rate of traffic accidents.
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PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) expresses its regret over the massive traffic congestion on the North-South Expressway (NSE), between Kuala Kangsar and the Terowong Menora (Menora Tunnel), on Sunday, 24 March. Customers along the expressway endured a massive crawl after two trailers collided and burst into flames at KM259.2 (Southbound).
Upon being notified of the incident, PLUS was first on site and immediately informed the Fire & Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and other agencies; as part of its standard procedure including traffic updates on PLUSTrafik Twitter and traffic messages boards along the highway. PLUS also activated the temporary U-turn and exits to allow customers alternative routes. By the time the authorities arrived at the place of accident, a mitigation and clean-up effort was launched. Despite facing challenges like bad weather, oil spillage and the high weekend traffic volume, PLUS is grateful for the work and commitment demonstrated by the Fire & Rescue Department to put out the fire, PDRM and other agencies for their support on traffic management.
Safety is at the heart of PLUS. Taking lessons from past incidents, PLUS has committed our best efforts to manage the incident and will continuously improve its operational procedures including a closer collaboration with the relevant authorities and agencies to improve the response time. The company is very keen to discuss with transporters and logistics companies on other collaborative efforts to help reduce incidents involving heavy vehicles. PLUS also encourages all drivers to apply defensive driving tips and invite them to take a break when needed, especially during long drives. PLUS has a toll-free number PLUSLine at 1-800-88-0000 for customers, should they need any assistance on PLUS highways or download the PLUS Mobile app which has an SOS feature.
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