Seven-year limit for express buses


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board wants express and town buses to be allowed on roads for only five to seven years. 

Road-worthiness and safety of these buses are of concern to the public, said board chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar. 

“After years of service, vehicle parts will be worn out or damaged. This will affect the comfort of passengers,” he told a media conference here yesterday. 

He said the matter was being discussed by the board and a proposal would be forwarded to the Transport Ministry. 

“Just imagine the safety conditions if we allow the express buses to be used for 10 years, and then be turned into factory or school buses for several more years,” he said. 

Raja Ahmad said the board would start an online network with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to verify that buses registered with JPJ had complied with specifications outlined by the board. 

Raja Ahmad also asked the five remaining transit express bus operators at Puduraya Terminal here to move operations to Hentian Duta immediately, following the April 1 directive, or their licences would be revoked.  

Twenty-nine operators have already moved to Hentian Duta. 

He said that for those who refused to comply or wanted to continue operating from Puduraya Terminal, the board would issue licences for only one route – either Kuala Lumpur South or Kuala Lumpur North. 

He said the board was also planning to build a temporary bus station to replace the Puduraya Terminal and Hentian Duta operations. 

Raja Ahmad said the proposed bus station could accommodate 300 buses and be equipped with ticket counters and other facilities. 

He said the board would propose to Edaran Otomobil Nasional (EON) to provide financial assistance to members of the public who wanted to operate taxis, as EON was the sole distributor of taxi vehicles. 

There are 15,469 taxis in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. – Bernama 

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