PASSENGERS on board express buses during the balik kampung rush should have their video recorders or phone cameras on standby to capture reckless bus drivers in action.
Sarawak Road Transport Department (RTD) deputy director Mohd Syafid Anas urged all passengers to be alert and report any wrongdoings to his department.
“Passengers can use MMS and video to record the wrongdoings and bring the evidence to us so that it will be easier for us to take action,” he said.
He warned that all long-distance buses must meet all safety requirements before they depart.
In conjunction with Ops Sikap from Sept 4 to 19, RTD enforcement officers will be stationed at the Express Bus Terminal in Kuching to ensure the compliance of all bus operators and bus drivers.
“Among the safety requirements is thickness of tyres. We will check this on all bus tyres with a measurement device before the buses depart,” Syafid told reporters after an awareness campaign conducted with the State Road Safety Department (JKJR) and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board at the terminal on Tuesday night.
Syafid said they would issue notices to bus operators to change their tyres if they failed to meet the minimum requirement.
Those who failed to comply within 14 days would be blacklisted although none had been caught so far, he said.
Meanwhile, state JKJR director Rano Alwino Akat reminded all bus operators that statistics showed that the accident rate during festive seasons was four times higher than normal times.
He encouraged all passengers to watch the behaviour of bus drivers and urged bus operators to ensure the safety of all buses.
There were three fatalities involving buses in 2009 but none had been reported so far this year, he said.
As such, Rano encouraged the public to take buses to their hometowns instead of driving long hours by themselves.