KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry is examining issues and proposals brought up to aid the country's bus industry, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Following a meeting with the Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Association (PMBOA), the Transport Minister said one of the proposals being worked on was the amendment of the executive express bus service class rules.
In a Facebook post, Dr Wee said he met PMBOA president Datuk Mohamad Ashfar Ali in Putrajaya on Thursday (April 8).
"Many issues related to the country's bus industry were discussed, including issues related to the shortage of bus drivers, soaring operating costs, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on bus operators.
"I have examined all the issues and proposals brought up, some of which are being worked on by the Transport Ministry, ” he said.
Dr Wee added this was a step taken by the Transport Ministry to increase the income of express bus operators without raising bus fares.
He said the proposed amendment is currently under review by the ministry's legal adviser, adding he was confident it will be implemented in the near future.
"I have also instructed the Road Transport Department and the Land Public Transport Agency to study some other proposals brought up by PMBOA, which also bring benefits to the bus industry in the country.
"Naturally, I know this pandemic has resulted in many express bus operators meeting a dead end," Dr Wee said, adding that most of them had to reduce bus travel as a result of the movement control order and interstate travel ban, while still having to pay high operating costs, such as vehicle loan instalment payments.
He said he would bring some issues related to other ministries for discussion at the Cabinet level.
"The Transport Ministry will do its best to ensure the viability of the bus industry in the country," he said.