Two bills to overhaul public transport sector

  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Apr 2010

PETALING JAYA: Two bills to overhaul the entire land public transport sector in Malaysia are expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Sources said the Land Public Transport Bill and the Land Public Transport Comission Bill are expected to be tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

The Land Public Transport Bill will rationalise the entire sector and bring the regulation of most aspects of public transport under a single regulator – the Land Public Transport Commission, which will be established by the second bill.

The first bill, sources said, would effectively absorb the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) and the Department of Railways into the new commission.

Currently, CVLB, which is the licensing body for all commercial vehicles, is under the Prime Minister’s Department while the department which regulates all matters on railway transport in the country comes under the Transport Ministry.

The new commission, expected to be established by July this year, will also regulate matters concerning the operation of public transport terminals, Public Service Vehicles (PSV), tourism vehicles and goods vehicles.

It will also plan and draw up laws and policies concerning public transport as well as develop long-term masterplans to improve public transport services in the country.

“The new laws will allow the management of the public transport sector under a one-stop agency. Previously, at least 18 government agencies had responsibility over this sector,” said the sources.

The new laws will also provide for the sharing of enforcement powers with the police, Road Transport Department and local authorities.

“They will allow the overall conduct of bus or taxi operators to be scrutinised closely,” the sources said.

The commission would also be responsible for conducting investigations into accidents and incidents within the public transportation sector, they said.

The new laws, they added, would ensure better integration of public transport facilities.

A Land Public Transport Forum will also be set up, comprising representatives of stakeholders in the sector, who will then give recommendations to the commission on fares or other issues relating to the industry.

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