Transport Ministry launches road safety programme for p-hailing riders

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PUTRAJAYA: A safety campaign for motorcycle courier (p-hailing) riders has been launched to educate those in the field on road safety as their numbers have recorded a surge. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the sector has seen impressive growth since the movement control order was enforced last year, with an estimated 100,000 individuals involved in the service directly or indirectly. He said with the growing number of p-hailing riders, it is important to create awareness to ensure their safety as well as that of other road users.

He pointed out that out of 7,525 road accidents recorded during the nine months of MCO in 2020,2, 576 involved motorcyclists. “Part of the statistics also involved p-hailing riders,” he said during the launch of the p-hailing road safety campaign on Friday (April 9). The campaign, Dr Wee added, is a proactive move by the government to educate p-hailing drivers and riders on the importance of road safety to reduce the risk of accidents.

The campaign will go on for six months until September and among the programmes lined up are road shows, pop-up messages on road safety, briefings and training on safe riding.

The minister also said that cooperation of service providers and p-hailing companies is crucial to ensure an ecosystem that is safe.