Kuching bus operators should merge, says CVLB

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  • Friday, 16 Dec 2005

KUCHING: Bus operators here should merge to provide better service to commuters. 

State Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board chairman Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said bus companies in Miri and Bintulu, which had heeded the board’s advice to merge, now provided better services as amalgamated entities. 

Despite a recent fare increase, some buses in Kuching were still poorly maintained and did not keep to their schedules, he said. 

He warned that if bus operators here failed to buck up, they might lose their licences. 

“We have to be strict with them as they have tarnished the city’s public transport image and have not been fair to commuters who are now paying higher fares,” he said after chairing the board’s meeting here on Wednesday.  

For the easy identification of hired cars and vans, Wan Junaidi said that as of June 1, they must be painted yellow on the front, top and back and white on the sides. 

He added that drivers of such vehicles would be required to wear uniforms – white shirts and black pants – and have their vehicle licences ready for inspection at all times. 

As for “pirate” vans, Wan Junaidi said, their number had dropped to about 1,200 from some 5,000 four years ago after the board began issuing more licences for hired vehicles for rural routes where bus services were not available. 

Wan Junaidi said the board collected about RM1mil in licensing fees this year.  

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