The motorcycle licenses program was one of two pilot programs that Shell introduced as part of its comprehensive road safety movement to drive road safety awareness and behavioral change among motorcyclists and youth.
Together with Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ), Shell set up the necessary arrangements for motorcycle riding lessons and subsequently presented motorcycle licenses in a bid to encourage better road safety understanding and skills among youths.
“Road safety is core to Shell’s culture and I am proud that Shell Malaysia staff rallied behind this cause to raise funds for these students. In total, we raised RM47, 416 for lessons and licenses for125 students, with extra parked aside for 33 lessons and licenses next year when we launch the program in Miri,” said Datuk Iain Lo, Shell Malaysia Chairman.
Students who qualify for motorcycle riding lessons were interviewed by Shell representatives to determine their family background and reasons for using a motorcycle to school.
Once identified, these students went through formal motorcycle riding lessons from approved driving schools and passed competencies tests to ensure they are properly equipped with road safety knowledge and skills before being awarded with a B2 motorcycle license.
“I am grateful to Shell for its contribution to our schools. These students rely on their motorcycles not just to come and go from school, but also in their day-to-day lives. To us, this is more than just a motorcycle license, but also the appreciation of proper road safety, regulations and motorcycle handling that will benefit the greater community in which these students belong to,” said Puan Zawiah binti Yahya, Principal of SMK Subang.
YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of MIROS added: “Shell is known for its partnership with governments and schools in bringing #ShellSelamatSampai initiatives to live and this will definitely go a long way to ensure the next generation of road users will create safer and more enjoyable journeys for all Malaysians.”
#ShellSelamatSampai: a comprehensive approach in advocating road safety
#ShellSelamatSampai is designed to drive positive road safety behaviour by reaching youth and motorcyclists holistically across three strategic environments: secondary schools, universities, and the community.
To drive impact sustainably, #ShellSelamatSampai works with schools, colleges, universities and communities to develop relevant road safety policies and improve infrastructure, such as road and safety signage upgrade and refurbishment works.
In secondary schools, #ShellSelamatSampai provides practical knowledge and training on road safety as an official extracurricular program of the school. The programe delivers a comprehensive and fun learning module developed in collaboration with the Road Safety Department (Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya – JKJR).
#ShellSelamatSampai organised its pilot program at two secondary schools, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Subang and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Subang Bestari; as well as UiTM Selangor Puncak Alam and the Kampung Melayu Subang community, reaching approximately 40,000 people. In this pilot, Shell Malaysia provided funds for selected students who successfully complete formal motorcycle riding lessons and passed motorcycle competency tests to obtain legal motorcycle licenses.
#ShellSelamatSampai mainstream program will be launched in Miri, Sarawak next year.
“Shell Malaysia celebrates our 125th anniversary of fuelling Malaysian progress this year. Today, with #ShellSelamatSampai, we are building on our legacy and long-standing relationships with government to reach a new generation of road drivers that practices road safety so that all Malaysians can enjoy safer journeys,” said Lo.
#ShellSelamatSampai partners include the Ministry of Education; Road Safety Department (JKJR); Road Transport Department (JPJ); Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM); residents associations, local councils and district offices of participating communities; as well as participating secondary schools, colleges and universities.