Sepang bus tragedy: Company's licence suspended for seven days


  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Apr 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The licence of the bus company in the incident which took 12 lives near MASkargo complex in Sepang on April 7 has been suspended for seven days starting Friday (April 19).

The Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), in a statement Friday, said the suspension would be extended until the company, CJ Global Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, fully complied with the Industry Code of Practice (ICOP) on safety.

He said the suspension followed an ICOP audit conducted by the Road Transport Department (RTD) and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) on April 9, which found the company had failed to comply with the requirements. "This is a violation of the conditions stipulated under Section 22 and Section 41 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010,” he said.

APAD said the safety of passengers was of utmost importance and all land public transport operators should uphold the highest standards in managing their fleets.

"APAD will not tolerate any violations of safety practices, operators found failing to adhere to the requirements of ICOP Safety could face action under the law, including the cancellation of the licence and permit of the operators,” he said.

In the incident at 11.10pm on Sunday (April 7), a bus driver and eight workers were killed when a bus carrying 44 people, including the driver, plunged into a 4m deep monsoon drain near the MASkargo Complex.

Two more workers died in Putrajaya Hospital while another died in Hospital Serdang. - Bernama