A RANDOM joint operation between the police, Road Safety Department (JKJR) and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) which was conducted at every public transport stations and terminals in Kuching on Wednesday found that so far public transportation operators have adhered to the standards set by the authorities.
JKJR deputy director Redzuan Hamdan praised the operators for their efforts after checking that all the buses were fit to travel long distance.
“Apart from minor glitches such as malfunctioning signal lights which the operators could replace on the spot, all other conditions such as tyres and drivers are according to standards,” he told MetroStar after the operation at Kuching Bus Terminal on the eve of Chinese New Year.
Redzuan also commended some bus operators for having provided “comment boxes” for passengers to submit their comments or complaints.
He said this showed that bus operators in Kuching had good awareness of safety.
“We will continue to keep track of all bus operators during this festive season to ensure that safety is always their top priority,” he said.
Redzuan said JKJR would conduct random checks on public transportation from time to time as well as doing routine raids on bus workshops to ensure that buses were maintained according to the set standards.
Kuching District deputy police chief Supt Pauzi Bujang said the operation was conducted to ensure that public transport drivers and their vehicles were in good condition for passengers to return to their hometowns for the Chinese New Year.
“We are testing the urine of bus drivers to make sure that they are ‘clean’ and in proper condition to drive,” he said.
Supt Pauzi said operations would be randomly conducted throughout the festive season all over the state till this weekend.
He added that the police were also beefing up patrols on housing and commercial areas as criminal activities were expected to be more rampant during the festive season.
A total of 18 traffic and four narcotics policemen were despatched during the operation at the bus terminal. All bus drivers were found to be clean and their driving licences were valid.