KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD), a single authority to monitor and enforce service standards is expected to be operational next year, Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said Tuesday.
Ahmad Husni said the establishment of SPAD was to provide a long term plan for public transportation.
"The establishment of SPAD was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, as an efficient and effective public transportation system, would improve productivity," he said in his keynote address at the launch of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Asia Pacific seminar, here on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, he said, the development of a world class urban transport system cannot be borne by SPAD alone.
"The responsibility needs to be shared by the local authorities with regards to urban land use, the Ministry of Finance for fiscal policies and incentives, local communities and civic leaders for input into the process and most importantly, by the private sector with whom this responsibility ultimately rests.
"Malaysia's transport sector also accounted for 40 per cent of our final energy use. The development of a sustainable urban transport will help us reduce emission as proven in studies done in other countries that have successfully promoted the use of public transport," he added.
Ahmad Husni said public transport is indeed the most efficient people-mover.
"A mass rapid transit or metro train carries an average of 1,100 passengers at any one time during the peak period while a single deck bus can carry about 80.
"Contrast this with the average occupancy of about 1.5 persons per car and this means, it will take more than 50 cars to move one bus-load of passengers and more than 700 cars to move one trainload," he highlighted.
He also stated that roads had to be made safer and there was a need to encourage greater usage of the public transportation system. - Bernama