Since the opening of the Brunei Muara-Temburong District Bridge on the 17th of March 2020, citizens and residents in the country benefit from faster, convenient and safe travel from Brunei Muara District to Temburong District and vice versa using their own vehicle without having to cross the border or going by boat. However, the Land Transport Department, LTD, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, and the Royal Brunei Police Force, RBPF, reminded bridge users to abide by road traffic regulations to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.
With the continuous monitoring carried out by the Brunei Muara-Temburong District and through CCTV, the LTD and RBPF as enforcement agencies have also carried out monitoring, patrolling and enforcement activities on a regular basis in the interest of ensuring adherence to the road and traffic laws and regulations. Based on the monitoring by LTD and RBPF, it was found that the majority of vehicle drivers abide by the road traffic regulations whilst driving on the bridge such as driving within the speed limit, not stopping by the roadside without any emergency reasons, always wearing seat belts, and not using mobile phones while travelling, among others. However, a small number of users have been found in violation of traffic offences while passing the bridge. In this regard, the LTD and the RBPF reminded the public, specifically vehicle drivers, to always follow the road traffic regulations when using the bridge. This includes: not to drive above speed limit; not to make any vehicle modifications; not to use mobile phones including any portable electronic handheld devices while driving; avoid driving in a tired and sleepy state; avoid driving after taking any medications that may cause drowsiness; always wear seat belt; be considerate and respectful to other users; ensure that the vehicle is in safe and good condition; ensure adequate fuel in the vehicle before making the journey; always plan the journey to ensure safety; heavy vehicles of Classes 2 and 5 must obtain a permit before using the bridge, and must not exceed the vehicle weight and capacity limits; heavy vehicle must also ensure load is being carried properly and neatly following safety guidelines; reduce speed and be cautious while driving in bad weather conditions; turn on the vehicle headlights bad weather conditions; cycling is not allowed on the bridge; vehicles are not allowed to stop on the bridge; and walking and running are not allowed on the bridge.
The LTD, RBPF and other enforcement agencies will not hesitate to take stern action towards any individuals or businesses violating the Road Traffic Regulations and Acts currently being enforced. For example, the actions taken in relation to a viral video on an incident on the 24th of April 2020 involving 19 modified vehicles driving against the road traffic regulations. The Brunei Muara-Temburong District Bridge Management and the National Road Safety Council through LTD and RBPF have taken action on those who were involved. The vehicle owners have been questioned and their vehicles inspected at the LTD Headquarters, where vehicle owners were issued compounds on the offences made.
The public is also reminded to ensure the cleanliness of the bridge and the environment in general. Disposing or dumping rubbish in public places is an offence under the Section 12 Amended, Minor Offences Act, Chapter 30 which carries a fine of not more than $500. Upon failing to settle the fine, the defendant will be brought to court, whereby the first offence can be punishable with a $1,000 fine, and fine up to $3,000 and imprisonment not exceeding 3 months will be imposed for the second and subsequent offences. Recently, the authority had taken action upon an individual who was caught disposing rubbish from the bridge. Any complaints regarding road traffic on the bridge can be made by contacting Talian Darussalam 123 or via Talian Darussalam website at ‘www.123.gov.bn’ or Talian Darussalam Whatsapp at +673 8333123, addressing them to the Bridge Management with photos of the vehicle involved.
Source: Radio Television Brunei