IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali has asked the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) to defer all action against 31 bus operators in Medan Kidd who refused to operate their south-bound bus services from the new Medan Gopeng station.
He also directed the Road Transport Department (JPJ) not act against the operators for opting to remain at Medan Kidd.
Buntong assemblyman Datuk Yik Phooi Hong said the decision not to compel the operators to move was final.
He (Tajol Rosli) reiterated that the bus operators were free to choose whether to operate at Medan Kidd or Medan Gopeng, he said, adding that Tajol Rosli advised the operators to listen only to directives by the state.
Yik said the operators had sought his help after receiving a notice from the CVLB on Tuesday asking them to move to Medan Gopeng by yesterday.
They were confused after receiving the letter as to who they should listen to because the CVLB letter contradicted Tajol Roslis earlier decision that bus operators could choose where they wanted to operate from, he said.
He advised the CVLB to stop putting pressure on the operators as this would confuse the public as well.
We hope the public will be clear on where they should board buses, especially during the Hari Raya balik kampung rush which starts tomorrow (Friday), he said, adding that the Medan Kidd bus terminal would operate as usual.
CVLB chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the relocation of the bus terminal received mixed response from passengers.
College student Farazatul Zuhana, 20, preferred the new terminal as it was cleaner.
It is safe here compared to Medan Kidd where there are a lot of strange people and touts loitering around, she said.
Another college student, Ann Leong Suet Wai, said that Medan Kidd was more strategically located in the middle of the city.
Taking the bus and getting off at Medan Kidd is more convenient for me, said the 22-year-old student who travels to Kuala Lumpur regularly.
Mohd Ghazali Mohd Nasir, the chief operating officer of Express Variety Sdn Bhd, the company managing the Medan Gopeng station, said that 12 bus operators began operating at the new terminal yesterday.
There have been no complaints of passengers missing buses due to confusion. Before they depart, the operators make sure the number of passengers on the buses tally with the number of tickets sold, he said, adding that delays were between five and 20 minutes.
Restu Express Sdn Bhd operations supervisor Azman Yahya said the first day of operations was smooth.
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