The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was established on 3rd June 2010, following the passing of the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat Act 2010 by the Parliament in May 2010. The Commission gained its full authority on 31st January 2011 with the gazetting of the Land Public Transport Act 2010.
As the central authority for managing all aspects of public transport, the Commission which is directly under the purview of the Prime Minister is responsible for drawing up public transport policies, plans and regulations covering all aspects of land public transport.
SPAD’s first and foremost responsibility is to the rakyat. Since its establishment, the Commission has injected a new impetus into public transport planning by introducing public transport master plans for both the country as well as for localised regions. The master plans comprehensively detail the Commission and Government’s goals and vision for public transport, while at the same time specifying accompanying initiatives designed to raise the overall level of service and safety standards of public transport. This includes enforcement initiatives, which not only cover public transport operators, but also commercial vehicles on the road.
Following the enactment of Land Public Transport Act 2010, SPAD took over the functions of the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Department of Railways and the tourism vehicles licensing function of the Ministry of Tourism in Peninsular Malaysia. At present, the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Department of Railways and the Ministry of Tourism continue to exercise their role of authority in Sabah and Sarawak.