KAJANG (Bernama): All new express buses must soon have CCTV while passengers must use seat belts by 2019, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook.
"It will also be made compulsory to install closed circuit television (CCTV) on all new buses apart from raising the level of bus driver welfare,” he told a media conference after a handing over ceremony of the “Recommendation Review Panel” (RRP) report with 51 suggestions over the Genting Highlands bus accident at the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) here on Nov 19.
He also said the compulsory wearing of safety belts for all new express and tour bus passengers would commence next year and enforcement on compliance would be carried out in 2020.
He said other proposals were on compulsory wearing of safety belts for passengers in new express and tour buses as well as ensuring all buses were equipped with brake retarder system as well as the installation of a speed limiter gadget.
A Malaysian Transportation Safety Board will also be set up to address road accidents, especially those involving express buses.
Loke said the establishment of the body was among the suggestions raised in the RRP report which reviewed the Genting Highlands bus accident in August 2013 which took 37 lives.
Meanwhile, Loke said 54% or 27 of 51 suggestions found in the report had been implemented while 38% or 19 suggestions were partially implemented and 8% (four suggestions) have yet to be implemented.
He said the appointment of panel members to study the implementation of 51 suggestions had been carried out since July 19.
Loke said the review panel was jointly chaired by Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim and MIROS chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. - Bernama
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