SPAD says government to have final say on public transport fare hike

More convenient: Syed Hamid (left) cutting the ribbon after launching the new buses operated by Handal Indah Sdn Bhd, the provider of Causeway Link bus service at the Tebrau IV Industrial Park, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) understands the hike proposal by public bus and taxi operators.

Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said it has no problems with a fare increase but stressed any decision was up to the government.

He pointed out that SPAD had already submitted the proposals on behalf of the bus and taxi operators a long time ago.

“I’ve no knowledge whether the Government will approve the hike or not but as I’ve stressed earlier, SPAD has no problem with it,” said Syed Hamid after the launch of the new Causeway Link buses operated by Handal Indah Sdn Bhd at the Tebrau IV industrial estate here.

When pressed whether the Government had agreed to a fare hike, Syed Hamid said he was not in a position to make any announcement.

“You still have to wait for the announcement (from the Government), I’ve really no idea on the date or when it will be made,’’ he said.

Separately, Syed Hamid said SPAD has no power to stop people from using the Uber mobile application and it was up to them to weigh the risks.

He said to date, SPAD had taken action against 23 private-registered cars which operate like taxis in the Klang Valley using a mobile application and 13 vehicles had been confiscated.

“While it is not against the law for them to use the Uber app, the vehicles need to have appropriate licences to ferry passengers,’’ added Syed Hamid.

He said consumers should avoid using private cars as taxis as there are many implications, including no insurance protection in case of accidents.

On the stations for the High Speed Rail serving Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Singapore, Syed Hamid said the authorities and local councils had identified potential locations.

“The locations of the stations would be made public and is subject to change as they have not been finalised,’’ he said.

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