Bus roadworthy, says Puspakom after pupil killed when floorboard gave way


  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: The school bus from which a Year Six pupil fell and died was roadworthy when it was inspected, says Puspakom.

The computerised vehicle inspection company said the bus in the Kelantan incident went through periodic checks in May.

It added that records and pictures in its system showed the school bus was inspected under the scope and regulations provided by the authorities.

"All the items checked in the school bus were in good condition," it said in a statement on Friday (July 12).

Puspakom said this after a Year Six pupil in Machang, Kelantan died when the floorboard of the moving school bus he was travelling in gave way and he fell.

The victim, Wan Muhammed Adam Mohd Suria, was said to have been playing at the front section of the bus when the floorboard collapsed.

He was then run over by the bus.

Puspakom said it would never compromise on vehicles that did not comply with the Road Transport Act 1987.

It said according to its data from July 1, 2018, to June this year, there had been more than 26,000 periodic checks on school buses.

It added that of the 26,000 checks, more than 7,300 school buses or 28% failed its checks from not following regulation.

Puspakom said checks consisted of the top and bottom of the bus, brakes, suspension system, side slippage, exhaust smoke and others that were under the scope of inspection.

"This record clearly shows that Puspakom does not arbitrarily approve vehicles that does not meet the scope and regulations," it said.

Puspakom also urged the public to stop making speculation that could further aggravate the victim's family, adding that the case should be handed over to the police to investigate.