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Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 9:40:54 AM
PETALING JAYA: Some 2,000 school bus operators nationwide will be forced to scrap buses that are more than 30 years old by next year as the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) would no longer allow them to operate.
According to the SPAD chairman, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, previous extensions were granted after the affected school bus operators complained that it was expensive to change their buses, and they needed time to do so.
“However, there will be no more extensions after this,” he said when witnessing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DMS Dynamic Sdn Bhd and Chery Automobiles for the 1Malaysia New Schoolbus Project here yesterday.
Based on the SPAD’s records, there were about 17,000 registered school bus operators nationwide, of which some 2,000 were using vehicles that were at least 30 years old.
Syed Hamid said that the ruling on school buses was in line with measures adopted by countries such as the United States, where such vehicles above 15 years old were not allowed to operate. The changes were also needed for Malaysia to become a developed nation in seven years’ time.
To assist affected operators, he said that the Government had launched a scheme offering bus purchase loans of up to RM250,000 with a nine-year tenure from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN).
BSN had received 130 applications since the scheme was introduced in April.
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