SPAD to restructure public transport operation system

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Dec 2011

GEORGE TOWN: The excess supply of public transport service has become a major problem to public transport operators in the country, SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said.

“For example, there are more than 84,000 taxis nationwide. In Penang alone, there are 2,409 taxis which are actively operating, but not enough passengers.

“There is a solution to this but the process will be long,” he said.

He said the Land Public Transport Commission would be carrying out restructuring of the land public transport operation system which is said to be inconsistent.

Syed Hamid was now facing various public transport issues nationwide, especially excess service supply, operation routes which were not uniform, fare problem, welfare of drivers, and a vehicle hire purchase system that did not meet conditions.

“We hope that the restructuring exercise will improve the quality of public transport services.

“An in-depth analysis will be done soon and SPAD will be taking immediate measure by drawing up a master plan for this sector in order to solve the problems,” he said.

He said this after attending a briefing on licensing for public transport companies here yesterday.

Syed Hamid said excess supply of public transport service was a major problem faced by the operators. — Bernama

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