Shell Malaysia has announced that it will launch a new road safety programme in 2016. The announcement was made at the national closing ceremony of its Shell Traffic Games (STG) today, an event that has been an annual affair for the past 58 years.

This year, over 500 primary and secondary school students from all over Malaysia participated in the two-day event to learn more about road safety in an engaging and fun way. Qamar Wan-Noor, business opportunity manager for Shell Malaysia’s downstream division, said, “we are very proud of what we have achieved with the Shell Traffic Games for the past 58 years.

“Shell has made inroads into helping school students understand the importance of road safety and the role they play in spreading awareness. With this strong foundation in place, Shell is now looking into other areas where we can help improve road safety consciousness, reducing traffic-related injuries and death,” he added.

As for the road safety programme slated for next year, Qamas stated that one-third of road accident fatalities in the country involved youths aged between 16 and 25 years. He said, “this is clearly a situation that Shell wants to positively impact, given our long-standing experience and concern in the area of road safety management.

He continued, “we are in the midst of developing a programme to address this and hope to announce it in 2016. We are also looking forward to building on our long-standing relationships with its partners in the government and private sector for the new programme.”

Meanwhile, Puan Rozainum binti Ahmad, co-curriculum and arts section director of Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, said, “Shell has laid a strong foundation for a programme that continues to draw the interest and attention of school students in an area as important as road safety. We thank Shell for all these decades of partnership and look forward to inculcating road-safety consciousness in future generations.”

As a bit of background info, the Shell Traffic Games was launched in Malaysia with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, the Road Safety Department (JPJ), and various government agencies like the police, local authorities, as well as supplementary bodies. Since its launch, over a million Malaysian students have taken part in the games.

The games include a written test portion that focuses on road safety. Students will also take part in practical or on-road tests involving pedal cars, bicycles and pedestrians in a specially equipped site in a safe location.

There, they are awarded merit points for complying with road safety regulations, or given demerits and issued traffic violation summons by real traffic police officers when they break road safety regulations or commit driving offences.

Primary and secondary schools are awarded prizes in their individual categories for the best road safety performance. This year, the contingent from Terengganu took top prize in the primary school category, with Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur in second and third place, respectively.

The secondary school category also saw Terengganu occupy first place, with Sarawak again in second place, and Kedah taking the third spot. Contingents are made up of the each state’s top competitors in their respective state-level Shell Traffic Games events.