KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities will step up monitoring of public transport operations to ensure compliance with the standard operating procedure, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
The Transport Minister said the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) under his ministry would also take steps to ensure service operators adhere to the stipulated guidelines.
“It is a priority for us to ensure that there is no overcrowding in terms of passenger volume.
“The SOP must be strictly adhered to so that the people would not be put at risk when using public transport, ” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Dr Wee also reminded the public to follow the SOP during the present movement control order.
He said those using public transport must wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and maintain physical distancing.
The minister said based on the experience from the first MCO in March last year, it saw a drop in passengers on public transportation such as buses and rails.
“However, we will still continue operations as it is a main mode of transport for many Malaysians, especially those from the B40 group when they need to buy necessities during the MCO period.
“All of us should play our part by practising the new norms to curb the spread of Covid-19, ” he said.
In a separate post, Dr Wee said there was no congestion or overcrowding on railway or bus services due to low passenger volume yesterday.
He said Apad had been told to conduct random checks at passenger carriages at KTM Komuter, ERL, MRT, LRT Kelana Jaya line and the monorail.
“Checks were also carried out involving MRT buses, as well as buses from Sunway Rapid Transit, Rapid KL, Rapid Kuantan and Rapid Penang, ” he said.
“There were no passengers on Rapid Penang while only a few were using Rapid Kuantan.
“All the passengers have followed the SOP such as wearing face masks, practising physical distancing and using hand sanitiser.”
Dr Wee added that public transport would continue to operate in full mode during the MCO period.
On Jan 11, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the MCO would be enforced for 14 days until Jan 26 in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
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