THE Ipoh City Council has been given the green light to enforce the Land Public Transport Act 2010 to ensure a properly managed public transport system in the city.
Perak Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has allowed the city council to do so and to take action on any violations that was deemed unlawful under the Act.
“The enforcement of the act, which monitors all public service vehicles, including freight through road and rail, is vital in ensuring that the country’s public transport system will be systematic and well-organised,” he said after a briefing on the Act at the city council headquarters recently.
“Bus companies that picked up passengers from places other than bus stops or stations could face a maximum fine of RM500,000 if it goes to court,” he said, adding that the Act was a combination of the Tourism Vehicles Licensing Act 1999 and Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.
“I hope this collaboration will bring positive changes to the public transport in Ipoh,” he added.
SPAD legal and secretariat department general manager Farizul Hazli Baharom said the collaboration would allow SPAD to work together with the local authorities on enforcing the act effectively.
“The commission’s ultimate goal is to benefit and serve the public better.
“We want to make it more convenient for them to use public transport,” he said.
On a different matter, Farizul said express bus companies would face stern action if they continue to ignore the notice to move their base to the Amanjaya Terminal bus terminal.
“The companies need to know that we do not accept their response and will be forced to take action if this goes on. It is not fair for the other bus companies that have already moved,” he said.
It has been reported by The Star that all bus operators from the Medan Gopeng bus terminal had moved their operations to Meru Raya in April last year.
Bus operators have also been instructed to drop and pick up their passengers at the terminal but the call slowly went unheeded.
Several bus companies have resumed their operations outside of the bus terminal.
Farizul stressed that shuttle buses have been provided to passengers since the end of 2013 to get to the terminal and hoped all bus companies will comply and cooperate.
“SPAD will beef up our enforcement and try to work out a solution for this issue,” he added.