PETALING JAYA: Sustainability is the keyword in the National Transport Policy 2019-2030 (NTP 2019).
Anchored upon the principles of sustainable transport, NTP 2019 aims to develop a sustainable transport sector that accelerates economic growth and supports the people’s well-being in line with an advanced nation status.
NTP 2019 covers four main sectors – aviation, shipping, freight and land transport – through five policy thrusts and 23 strategies while guided by three principles.
The first principle deals with economic competitiveness, with a focus on ensuring seamless connectivity for other economic activities which also call for the delivery of reliable and efficient services, among others.
The second principle looks at social impact, where inclusivity and accessibility to transport services are deemed vital, as well as improving the security of transport services.
The need for public participation and stakeholder engagement in the development of transport initiatives is also recognised.
The third principle deals with environmental impact, in particular reducing emissions and pollution while ensuring sustainability.
Work on NTP 2019 began in September 2016 with over 150 representatives from academia, the private sector and the government coming together for discussions and workshops to provide a strategic direction for ministries and agencies to develop the transport sector, while streamlining initiatives and programmes towards common objectives.
NTP 2019 is in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030, which is based on inclusivity and the equitability of outcomes.
The policy emphasises inclusivity in economic participation by the people and industry in economic activities under the transport sector, especially public transport.
Through strategic planning, cooperation and commitment from all parties, the government through the Transport Ministry would be able to roll out a sustainable transportation system that could spur economic growth.
Reforms to the country’s land transport system, in particular, took on a full gallop in 2010 when the government set up the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department, by merging key agencies and departments such as the Transport Ministry’s Railways Department and the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry’s Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board.
In turn, SPAD unveiled the National Land Public Transport Masterplan. But when Pakatan Harapan took over the Federal Government last year, SPAD was disbanded, reduced to the Land Public Transport Agency and placed under the Transport Ministry.
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