41 NEW RECRUITS TO STRENGTHEN SPAD ENFORCEMENT TEAM
New SPAD enforcement officers will be deployed immediately for Chinese New Year operations
SHAH ALAM, 20 JANUARY 2017 – Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) today held a graduation ceremony at the Bumi Jati Camp, Klang for 41 new officers who successfully completed their enforcement training. These graduates will join the existing 343 SPAD enforcement officers.
Comprising degree and diploma holders aged between 23 and 30 years old, the graduates underwent an intensive 2-month training in areas such as the law, regulatory & operational procedures for inspection and roadblocks, investigation and prosecution, the SPAD Industrial Code of Practice (SPAD ICOP Safety), enforcement ethics and self-defence.
The honour parade was inspected by SPAD Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Syed Hamid Albar. In his speech, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Syed Hamid Albar reminded that SPAD enforcement personnel play a critical role in enforcing the law under the Land Public Transport Act 2010.
“As front-liners tasked with upholding the law, all SPAD enforcement officers must practice the highest standards of integrity and discipline in discharging your duties,” Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Syed Hamid Albar stressed.
In conjunction with the ceremony, Major General (R) Dato’ Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad, Senior General Manager, Enforcement Division, stated that the new enforcement officers would be deployed immediately for operations during the upcoming Chinese New Year season.
“They will be on duty at bus terminals, airports, city centres and highways. They will also participate in Special Chinese New Year Joint Operations with other enforcement agencies such as JPJ, PDRM and AADK to help curb road accidents. Operations will commence from 21 January to 5 February, including 24 hour shifts from 27 January to 1 February 2017,” said Dato’ Paduka Che Hasni.
The duties of SPAD enforcement officers this festive season include counter checks, ticket selling and tout monitoring, inspection of documents at bus terminals, monitoring & patrolling for taxi meter compliance in city centres and going undercover on express buses. SPAD will also deploy officers for joint operations with other enforcement agencies during the Chinese New Year season.
From 2011 to 2016, the SPAD enforcement division has conducted 821,721 inspections on Commercial Vehicles, Public Transport Vehicles and Tourism Vehicles. Out of the 35,256 cases recorded involving operators and drivers, some have been charged and some are currently undergoing legal action. In 2016, 7,873 operations were carried out by the SPAD enforcement division. It is hoped that with the addition of enforcement personnel this achievement can be further improved in order to transform the national land public transport landscape.
SPAD would like to remind land public transport operators to prioritise safety and to adhere speed limits at all times during this festive season. MIROS studies show that 66% of serious road accidents are caused by human factors. Therefore, SPAD strongly advocates to operators and drivers to adopt a safety culture and attitude while on the road. The public is encouraged to lodge reports to SPAD against errant operators and drivers that are found to have violated rules and regulations via the SPAD 24-hour hotline 24-jam at 1-800-88-SPAD (7723) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter to @aduanSPAD.