LAND PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS REMINDED TO OBEY THE LAW DURING HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI 2017 FESTIVE SEASON
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 JUNE 2017 - The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will ramp up its enforcement activities as Malaysians start their journey back home to celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017 festivities.
As a proactive measure, the Commission has begun a 21-day intensive enforcement exercise in collaboration with PDRM, JPJ, JKJR and Highway Enforcement agencies beginning June 12 leading up to 2 July, 2017. This includes 24-hour beats running from 22 -27 June and 30 June to 2 July when public transport movement is expected to be at the highest.
Amongst the activities to apprehend errant operators and drivers includes special enforcement audits to examine GPS vehicle records, undercover operations and patrolling in high risk locations as well speed traps and surveillance via CCTV in Highway Operation Centres, in cooperation with the police and highway authorities.
Through similar concerted efforts during the Chinese New Year (CNY) 2017, SPAD recorded a drop in the number of complaints received from bus passengers at 41 complaints, compared to 70 complaints during the festive season in 2016. During CNY 2017, only 127 offenses were recorded, compared to 248 in 2016 and 233 in 2015, with only one accident recorded involving minor injuries.
SPAD’s enforcement team has also begun conducting checks on counters as well as inspecting documents at bus terminals. The Commission has also issued a circular to remind express bus operators nationwide to place utmost priority on safety of their passengers as well as other road users by adhering to the SPAD Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) and Safety regulations at all times.
The Commission will not hesitate to apply the maximum force of the law against bus operators found to be negligent in managing their operations, including aspects such as safety, as well as vehicles’ maintenance and driver management. Depending on the severity of the offence, bus companies risk having their licences suspended or revoked. In more serious cases, a bus company can have its entire fleet suspended pending a safety audit.
Members of the public can also do their part and report errant transport operators and make a complaint with SPAD through its 24-hour hotline, 1-800-88-7723, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet the complaint @aduanSPAD.