Bosch to help in road safety

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Traffic accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Cambodia, with 1,700 deaths and 6,600 injuries last year. KT/Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan KT/Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan

The government is to collaborate with technology company Bosch to improve car safety in Cambodia. 
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said it will partner with the firm to introduce new products such as anti-lock braking (ABS) and electronic braking systems (EBS). 
Bosch’s automotive aftermarket division was the main contributor to the company’s overall growth in Cambodia in 2016, boosted by the country’s growing automotive market.
According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, the number of registered vehicles in Cambodia reached 3.7 million in 2016 – a 16 percent increase year-on-year.
Andre de Jong, managing director of Bosch for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, said the company is in a good position to support the government with new technology and solutions to road safety. 
“There is no legislation or proper road safety regulation enforcement in Cambodia,” Mr de Jong said. 
“I will reach out to Transport Minister Sun Chanthol. I’m sure he wants this country to have world class road safety regulations and systems.”
Mr de Jong said his team would present the benefits of ABS and EBS braking systems to the government. Malaysia has already adopted such legislation, with a new law stating that electronic stability control systems must be installed in passenger cars by June 2018.
“Cambodia continues to be an important growth market for Bosch in Southeast Asia, thanks to the steady economic growth of the country at around 7 percent, particularly in the automotive and construction sectors,” said Mr de Jong.   
“Cambodia’s automotive landscape is diversifying in terms of the number of makes and models of vehicles in the country.”  
He added the firm is supporting this trend by expanding its product range in the country. 
“In parallel with the enhanced efforts of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation to improve the safety of trucks, we are also expanding our portfolio to bring in a wider range of equipment and machinery spare parts,” said Mr de Jong.
Traffic accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Cambodia, with 1,700 deaths and 6,600 injuries last year.
In March, the National Road Safety Committee revealed its latest nationwide statistics, showing an 11 percent decrease in the number of traffic accidents in the first quarter of this year, down from 1,002 cases to 887 cases, following strict enforcement of the new traffic law.
Despite this, critics say more must be done to improve vehicle safety and educate drivers. 
The Institute for Road Safety conducted a survey last year, noting that out of 350 respondents, only 20 percent could understand basic traffic signs.
 The Ministry of Transport is attempting to counter the lack of formal driving schools with public awareness campaigns, as well as integrating lessons on traffic law into school curriculums. 

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