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SPAD TO SET UP A MULTI-AGENCY SAFETY INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE ROOT CAUSE OF RECENT KTMB DERAILMENT

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Friday, 24 November 2017

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SPAD TO SET UP A MULTI-AGENCY SAFETY INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE ROOT CAUSE OF RECENT KTMB DERAILMENT

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 NOVEMBER 2017: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will set up a multi-agency safety investigation committee to determine the root cause behind the recent KTMB rail incident involving its cargo operations and to put in measures for improvements.

The committee, which will be led by SPAD, will consist of subject matter experts from various ministries, agencies and relevant private sector.

The committee will comprehensively review all frameworks, structures, processes and procedures, and seek assurance that safety is accorded the highest attention and priority in KTMB operations and maintenance services. SPAD is in the midst of drawing up the terms of reference for this committee.

SPAD intends to hold KTMB to the highest standards of operations and safety requirements. The creation of this multi-agency safety investigation committee is meant to push for greater transparency and accountability from the rail operator.

In response to two derailments in August this year, SPAD on 5 September restricted KTMB from operating cargo trains longer than 30 wagons, other than instructing the operator to adhere to suitable speed limits.

Following yesterday’s incident, SPAD has ordered KTMB to suspend the cargo services along the Rawang-Salak Selatan stretch until the investigation concludes. In addition, SPAD has tasked KTMB to immediately review and improve its freight wagon operational procedure to ensure safety.

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