KUALA LUMPUR: Bus drivers, beware. You may want to think twice before stepping on the accelerator as you could be caught red-handed by an undercover Road Transport Department (JPJ) official on board.
The department is clamping down on errant bus drivers following the recent spate of accidents and it is far from ending its operations.
JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said his officers had gone undercover on 302 buses since April 22.
“Our officials will travel in buses like any other passengers except that they will strictly observe and record the driver’s behaviour on the road.
“Once the bus reaches its destination, the errant driver will be presented with a summons,” he said here yesterday after addressing participants of a JPJ integrity communications course organised by the Peninsular Malaysia Road Transport Officers Union.
Ismail said 39 summonses had been issued thus far to bus drivers for offences such as speeding, overtaking on the left lane or on a double line, and smoking.
“Every day, 46 of our officials are on buses monitoring the drivers. Normally, this is done during festive seasons but we are now doing this daily due to the frequent accidents,” he added.
JPJ officials, Ismail said, had also inspected more than 2,000 buses at 22 terminals nationwide with 17 drivers being tested positive for drugs as of Monday.
“We have 300 officers stationed at the terminals to carry out the checks,” he said, adding that JPJ would continue the operations for as long as need be.
“So far, there have been no accidents since the operations began,” he said.