As part of its annual Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2019, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia conducted free safety checks for motorcycles in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. A 16-point safety check on any brand of motorcycle was conducted by Kawasaki technicians at a service point located at the south-bound Sungai Besi toll.

Along with the safety checks, riders also had the chance to participate in a helmet exchange campaign where old helmets were replaced by new units. Other riders also availed themselves of high-visibility riding jackets handed out free of charge.

Speaking on behalf of Ahmad Faez Yahya, executive director of Kawasaki Malaysia, managing director Datuk Jeffery Lim said this year’s Kawasaki safety campaign is the fourth such campaign being held to coincide with the upcoming holiday season. “For 2019, the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign is focused on reducing the accident and fatality rate on Malaysian roads,” said Lim.

With the theme, “roads are not for racing, obey the law,” Lim said this was to raise awareness amongst motorcycle riders about all aspects of road safety and proper techniques whilst riding. The event was officiated by Datuk Rosli Isa, director-general of the Road Safety Department.

During his speech, Rosli said use of child safety seats and rear passenger seat belts will be made compulsory from 2020, along with seat belts for bus passengers. Citing police statistics, Rosli said there is a road accident every minute on Malaysian roads, with a fatal accident every 70 minutes and 1.2 million vehicles registered every year and 3 million not having valid road tax.