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Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 7:09:36 AM
by christina tan AND p. aruna
Photo op: Hishammuddin (centre) and his wife Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah mingling with guests during the Merdeka Raya open house in Kluang. — Bernama
PETALING JAYA: The Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association wants the Government to increase the quota of subsidised diesel for stage and express buses.
The amount that bus operators are now seeking is more than double what they are currently receiving.
Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said it had written to the Finance and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism ministries and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on Friday after the 20-sen hike in the price of diesel.
At present, operators are given a quota of 1,400 litres of diesel per month for a stage bus and 2,800 litres for an express bus. The quota price is now RM1.68 a litre.
Bus operators have to pay the new pump price of RM2 per litre if they exceed their monthly quota.
“We are asking the Government to increase the diesel quota for stage coaches to 3,000 litres a month and 6,000 litres for express buses,” said Ashfar.
The association, which has 130 members nationwide, is also lobbying the Government to extend the Interim Stage Bus Fund, introduced in December 2011 to help cash-strapped bus operators.
“The 400mil allocated for the fund is running out. We hope the Government will top up the fund to continue to assist struggling operators,” he said.
In Kluang, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said his ministry and SPAD were taking a closer look at the plight of bus operators and public transport companies following the increase in diesel price.
Speaking to reporters after attending a Merdeka Raya open house yesterday, Hishammuddin said the authorities were prepared to meet with the operators and companies to look for workable solutions to their grouses.
The Government was also considering helping the operators and companies using the savings from the reduction of fuel subsidies if they could come up with justifiable reasons.
“We know that before the Government decided to reduce the subsidies, some companies have already increased their fares,” he added.
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