A TOTAL of 238 cases of various offences involving express buses in the northern region was recorded by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in the whole of last year.
Its northern zone head of enforcement Ahmad Zaidi Shuib said the number was from the 9,281 buses that they inspected.
“The main areas we look into are controlling the ticket sales, picking up and dropping off passengers at undesignated places, and express bus permits.
“Offenders can be fined between RM1,000 to RM500,000 or jailed two years, or both under Section 22 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010,” he said when met during the last day of the Ops Bas Ekspres at the Penang Sentral Bus Terminal in Butterworth on Monday.
Ahmad added that three touts were caught in Penang Sentral, four in Sungai Nibong bus terminal, three in Ukir Square in Sungai Petani and three in Shabab Perdana bus station in Alor Setar.
“One of them was a woman. It’s a lucrative business as they can make thousands of ringgit in a month,” he said, adding that the touts could be fined up to RM50,000 or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.
During the Ops from Dec 23 to Dec 26 and Dec 30 to Jan 2, a total of 205 buses were screened.