During the launch of the first International Road Safety Assessment Programme (iRAP) Malaysia Report 2017, it was revealed more than 95% of assessed roads in Malaysia have been awarded with a safety rating of three stars and above.

In a report by NST, Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the assessment involved four inter-urban expressway networks in the country, namely Kuala Lumpur-Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kuala Lumpur-Johor Baru, Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan and Kuantan-Terengganu.

The stretches were assessed according to five levels of safety, with five-star roads being the safest while one-star roads are the least safe. “This is a positive result after road infrastructure safety improvements were put in to boost the safety level along the 2,370.2-km assessed stretches,” Liow said.

The assessment also showed that the risk of crashes in more than 50% of the assessed stretches is acceptable (three-star and above), and can be further reduced with various short- and long-term programmes. Moving forward, Liow wants Malaysia to achieve its aim of making 75% of travel to be on roads with three-star ratings and above by 2020.

Liow also said iRAP Malaysia will extend its assessment to urban highways, federal roads and state roads, including in Sabah and Sarawak. “This road ratings programme is important as it helps the public know which roads are safe according to its star ratings. It also helps the JKR (Public Works Department) and LLM (Malaysian Highway Authority) to identify road stretches that need to be improved,” he explained in another report by The Star.