JASIN: Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has issued warning to bus companies against taking advantage of passengers during peak seasons by overcharging them.
The warning came after SPAD discovered a total of 335 overcharging cases by bus companies that have recorded since January 2011 until the first quarter of this year, nationwide.
SPAD’s enforcement director Mej-Jen (R) Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad said the offenders would be charged and imposed heavy fines.
“The investigation papers are immediately opened when offenders are booked under the Public Land Transport Act 2010.
“Stern action against such cases was necessary to tell the public that we are serious and convince them to use the public transport,” he said after a SPAD’s special enforcement operation at Jasin’s Toll Plaza here, recently.
During the operation, a total of 165 vehicles were inspected and 59 traffic offences were identified during the two-hour screening by various enforcement agencies while six drivers of heavy vehicles were arrested after found to be high on drugs.
Che Hasni said SPAD would also go after touts who sell the bus tickets at additional charges to the passengers, during the festive seasons.
“Our previous attempts to curb the sales of exorbitant priced tickets were unsuccessful as passengers to discard their tickets at the end of their journeys.
“But we are confident of eradicating the issue as soonest possible once we have sufficient evidence,” he added.