Buses making lengthy stops on Rawang main road a nuisance to motorists

Taking up an entire lane: This bus waits for passengers beside the main road at Batu 17 bus stop.

Buses waiting for passengers at a bus stop in Batu 17, Rawang, are causing a hassle to road users and adding to the traffic congestion there.

The bus stop is located on the main road leading to SJK (C) San Yuk.

During a visit to the site last week, bus drivers and conductors were seen waiting for commuters heading to Kuala Lumpur.

Some of these bus drivers even took time to pack their favourite food and drinks from the restaurant opposite the bus stop while commuters waited inside the air-conditioned bus.

The drivers hope to maximise their trips and wait until the buses are full before departing.

This means the three-lane road is left with just two lanes.

Selayang MIC division acting deputy chairman M.B. Raja said he had noticed the buses stopping for up to an hour, contributing to the congestion.

“If the drivers and conductors want to wait for more passengers, they should wait at a designated area and not along the main road.

The Rawang bus terminal is located only about 1km from this bus stop.

“I hope the authorities will take stern action as the situation not only inconveniences motorists, it poses a risk of accidents.” he said.

Bandar Country Homes Residents’ Association chairman Soong Beng Khoon said the bus operators should wait at designated areas such as bus stations and not as they pleased.

He said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officers should monitor the situation.

“Besides the Batu 17 bus stop, there are also errant buses that stop in Jalan Desa Jaya in Bandar Country Homes, Rawang, for more than half an hour and cause traffic congestion,” he said.

Selayang MCA Youth chief Chan Wun Hoong said he would lodge reports with the Gombak police headquarters and SPAD on the matter

“The waiting time passengers spend on the bus is a waste and they could be at their destinations much earlier,” he said.

SPAD corporate communications deputy manager Hazimin Sulaiman said these buses were given 10 to 15 minutes waiting time at each bus stop.

“We will investigate the matter and send our enforcement officers to look into it,” he said.

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