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RAISING ROAD SAFETY

There were 44 such accidents last year and 43 in 2013, compared with 32 in 2012.

The Safer Roads Industry Taskforce (SRIT), formed in October 2013, aims to make those who drive for a living more aware of road safety.

Chaired by Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, SRIT is a platform for the Government and industry to share ideas and develop initiatives on improving road safety.

SRIT is made up of members from the transport and logistics sectors, unions, Government and other stakeholders.

Companies such as McDonald's, ComfortDelGro and SMRT are represented in the taskforce.

A spokesman for the SRIT secretariat said: "Over the past year, SRIT has met regularly to discuss initiatives such as enhancing driver training, improving the road safety management practices of companies, and leveraging road safety vehicle technology.

"Some members have also visited Germany and Japan to understand their systems and practices to promote safe driving among vocational drivers."

SRIT is expected to announce its recommendations in the second half of this year.


BY THE NUMBERS

44 The number of fatal accidents involving heavy vehicles has been on the rise since 2012, according to statistics from Traffic Police.