The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has lauded the growing adoption of dashboard camera in vehicles, saying that the installation of the device is a positive development, Bernama reports.

Its director-general Siti Zaharah Ishak said that the usage of driving recorders was in tandem with the efforts of the institute and the transport ministry to encourage the public to be the “eyes and ears” of the authorities in providing information, including on road accidents. She said that footage can serve as additional information in identifying the cause of accidents.

“For example, when an accident occurs, driver negligence is often initially cited as the cause. However, after an investigation with the aid of the dashcam, it is found that other factors were the cause, such as a burst tyre sending the vehicle out of control,” she told the national news agency.

Siti Zaharah said dashcams should be installed in ambulances, police patrol vehicles and fire & rescue trucks to better facilitate the operation of the security and rescue teams. “Ambulances need space to get past other vehicles on the road, but they can find irresponsible motorists not getting out of their way. The dashcam can provide information on these motorists,” she explained.

Although it was not mandatory, she said all motorists should install a driving recorder because it is a simple process and its cost isn’t prohibitive. “It is easy to install, just plug and play. It does not interfere with the vehicle system. The basic function is to record, and some versions come with an accident warning system,” she said.

Recently, transport minister Anthony Loke praised the initiative of vehicle owners who installed the device, but added that the government had no plan as yet to make it a compulsory item for all motorists as it did not wish to impose an additional financial burden on them.

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