Bus operators glad over SPAD’s ruling on tracking device

SETARA Jaya Sdn Bhd, the company that operates the public bus service to Taman Garing Utama, Rawang and its surrounding areas, is grateful that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) understood the dilemma faced by bus operators over the installation of a tracking device and the purchase of telematics insurance.

The company initially had to buy insurance for every bus in its fleet as part of the requirement under the Malaysian Motor Insurance Pool (MMIP) coverage.

Setara Jaya’s operations manager Harmek Singh Nik said the company could save a lot of money if they did not have to purchase the device for its buses.

“Whatever savings we make as a result of not having to purchase the device for our buses will go back to commuters,” said Harmek.

It was reported earlier that several bus operators were unhappy that they had to bear the cost of fitting the telematic device in their buses.

It costs RM2,500 per unit plus an additional RM900 as annual service fee.

On March 23, StarMetro reported that there was no bus service in Taman Garing Utama for a month and commuters were fuming as many were left stranded.

“SPAD is working with us to ensure that the bus operators’ interest is taken into consideration,’’ he said.

It was also reported that following a meeting on March 2 among the high-risk insurance provider MMIP, SPAD, Bank Negara and bus associations, it was agreed that the tracking device and telematics insurance would only be an option for bus operators.

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