The Malaysian government has announced its plan to introduce legislation for electronic stability control (ESC) at the Global NCAP’s Stop the Crash event here at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) today – all new vehicles in Malaysia will be required to be fitted with the safety net by June 2018.

The announcement was made by transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the launch of the event. “We are proud that the Malaysian government is taking this important step forward in Road Safety and to be the first ASEAN country to mandate ESC,” he said.

Stability control has already been made standard fit in certain markets, having been made mandatory in the EU and the US in 2012. “Global NCAP welcomes this announcement. This year, the UN General Assembly recommended that countries legislate to introduce Stop the Crash technologies and Malaysia has responded to the call and we congratulate them for doing so,” said Global NCAP secretary-general David Ward.

Director-general at MIROS and ASEAN NCAP chairman Professor Wong Shaw Voon added, “We are pleased that the Malaysian government has taken this step. ESC will save thousands of lives in Malaysia. MIROS and ASEAN NCAP urges other countries in our region to follow suit and mandate this life saving technology.”

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