Brunei to speed up traffic accident settlement

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-15 22:51:07|Editor: yan
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Brunei began implementation of the Motor Claims Guidelines (MCG) for motor vehicle accidents, in order to speed up the settlement of traffic accidents.

The guidelines were introduced to "speed up the clearing of accident scenes and expedite the settlement of insurance claims," Acting Director of Land Transport Mohammad Amirrizal was quoted as saying by local media on Tuesday.

"On average it takes a maximum of 110 minutes to disperse an accident. This includes contacting the police, conducting of accident assessment by the police, waiting for the tow truck, and placing the vehicle on the tow truck," Mohammad Amirrizal said.

"Accidents will not be covered under the MCG if they involve injuries or fatalities; hit and run; intoxicated drivers; damage to government property; pedestrians or cyclists; or royal family vehicles," the acting director added.

The introduction of the MCG is also meant to reduce the number of traffic accident cases brought to the courts, thus increasing their capacity to handle other cases.

Statistics have shown that an average of 3,000 road traffic accidents occur in the Sultanate annually. From January to November last year, 16 deaths, 41 serious injuries and 398 minor injuries have been reported.

In 2015, 36 deaths, 41 serious and 419 minor injuries were recorded.