Behind the wheels: Nancy trying out the bus simulator during her visit to the Rapid Bus Academy in Cheras Selatan Rapid KL Bus Depot. Looking on is Azmi. — Bernama
CHERAS: The Rapid Bus Academy has opened up to the public and stakeholders who are interested in becoming drivers or training them in order to overcome the shortage of bus drivers.
Head of the Academy Jaslino Mohamed Yusoff said the school was opened to the public as of November last year but did not receive any applicants.
“Bus operators, associations and individuals interested in training or becoming bus drivers can approach us,” he said during Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri’s visit to the academy in Cheras Selatan Rapid KL Bus Depot.
He said the state-of-the-art facility opened in 2012 and was only meant for internal use and training bus captains.
Prasarana group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azmi Abdul Aziz said they have set their own benchmark when it comes to training their bus captains.
“And our benchmark has been validated by local authorities and international groups,” said Azmi.
“So, I think we are there in terms of standards and quality, and we can help the bus industry by offering to train other bus drivers.”
Nancy said there were many old drivers (some in their 60s), especially for express buses, and that there was a need to train younger drivers.