THE STATE government has made a request for the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) to transform taxi and rented-car services in the state, as the commission has done in the Klang Valley.
State Public Transportation Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon told the State aAssembly said Perak does not want to just concentrate on improving bus services, but also other public transport services.
Last August, the Federal Government approved 11 new initiatives to transform the taxi industry following the rise in popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grabcar.
The initiatives being implemented by SPAD under the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP), are intended to create a level playing field that benefits drivers, operators and passengers.
“Improvements from time to time are being made to ensure public transportation in the state is better and more efficient. We want to encourage the people to enjoy and use public transportation services provided not only by the state government but also the Federal Government,” he said in response to Datuk Kamal Shafie’s (BN-Manong) question on the state of public transportation in Perak.
Dr Mah said the state, through the Town and Country Planning Department (JPBD), is preparing the 2040 Perak Structured Plan Study, which takes into account the need and importance of public transportation in the state.
He added that the Federal Government, through SPAD, has implemented the Commuter Bus Transformation Programme under which the MyBas service was introduced in Ipoh.
In another matter, Dr Mah said SPAD has done research in Kuala Kangsar under the Commuter Bus Improvement Plan to ensure the sustainability of commuter bus services.
“They’ve prepared a new bus network plan, operation plan and bus infrastructure plan for major towns in the country and one of them is Kuala Kangsar.
“However, this report will be updated and used as one of the inputs in the Federal Land Public Transport Master Plan, which is expected to be completed next year and will help in the planning of bus routes in the near future.
“This research will identify problems and address issues especially in coverage and quality of service,” he told Kamal in the State Assembly on Tuesday.