IN THEIR bid to help senior citizens, the state government will discuss with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) about providing a special transportation service.
The aim is to make sure that the elderly people reach their destination safely and make life easier for them.
Perak Public Transportation Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the plan is in its early stages and thorough research must be done first.
“We have suggested this idea to SPAD as we want to create a special service for senior citizens who are not able to drive to certain areas.
“We would also appreciate if everyone can give their thoughts and comments on the implementation of the idea,” said Dr Mah after chairing the state public transportation committee meeting.
He said they had discussed about the plight of taxi drivers in the state after Uber and Grabcar started operations in Perak as well.
Dr Mah urged the taxi drivers to make use of the current technology to increase their income.
“Those who use applications are able to improve on efficiency and service and based on what I’ve seen, they can increase their income by 40% to 70%.
“So far, no taxi drivers have complained about Uber or Grabcar.
“I think it is time for taxi drivers here to be tech-savvy,” he told reporters.
He also said six more bus stops in Ipoh will be completed soon, bringing the total number of bus stops in the city to 165.
“In the next four to five years, we will have 374 bus stops in Ipoh. We will do this in stages.
“The Ipoh City Council has done a great job with the bus stops as they are practical and comfortable,” said Dr Mah, adding that he believes the public will enjoy using the new bus stops.