The Ministry of Transport (MoT) and the Malaysia Institute of Road Safety (MIROS) have started the construction of the RM 10 million MIROS Technology Test Track (MT3). The track is a facility for companies to undertake active and passive testing of various vehicle safety systems.
According to Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, the kilometre-long MT3 will open up opportunities for producing five-star vehicles with higher safety standards.
Among the tests that can be conducted at the MT3 are safety assist for passenger vehicles, tests for commercial vehicles, motorcycle tests, and road infrastructure tests like road furniture crash test.
Speaking to reporters at the ground-breaking ceremony held on Monday (29-August-2022), Wee hopes that the construction of MT3 is in line with the appointment of MIROS as the ASEAN Road Safety Centre.
Wee hopes that the MT3 can attract the private sector and other agencies to cooperate with MIROS to ensure that vehicles produced to meet all specifications set. It is also hoped that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) can undertake testing of vehicles for studies, research, and evaluation.
MIROS Board of Directors Chairman Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon said in his speech that MT3 will offer crash test services for suppliers of road furniture like road dividers, to ensure their products would meet standards set by authorities.
MIROS Board of Directors Chairman Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon
Right now, road furniture testing is conducted overseas and they incur high costs.
He also hopes that MT3 would attract more local manufacturers to produce more cost-effective products, which will indirectly spur the growth of the local road furniture-making industry.
MT3 will span a 100-acre site and is expected to be ready by the end of this year (2022).