Dr Wee: Rapid Rail must submit full report on ‘open door’ incident of LRT train within 21 days

PUTRAJAYA: The LRT Kelana Jaya line operator, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, must submit a full report within 21 days over an incident where a door of the LRT carriage remained open while the train was moving, said the Transport Ministry.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said early findings on the incident that occurred at 3pm Monday (July 26) had resulted from a door close confirmation unit (DCCU) that “failed to operate normally”.

“The Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) has directed Rapid Rail to perform a detailed investigation into the incident, and submit Train 44’s maintenance reports prior to the incident.

“Rapid Rail was also instructed to undertake short and long term measures to ensure such an incident does not recur.

“Rapid Rail will have to submit a preliminary incident report within seven days (before Aug 2), and a full investigative report with supporting documents within 21 days (by Aug 16).

“Further action on the licensed operator of the rail service involved in the incident will be decided based on the examination of the complete report related to the incident,” said Dr Wee in a statement on Wednesday (July 28).

Dr Wee said it is too early to ascertain the actual cause of the DCCU’s failure as “investigations may lead to other conclusions related to maintenance or adherence to the train operations' standard operating procedures when addressing technical issues”.

The minister also said APAD will be opening an investigation paper on the case under the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715).

“Under Act 715, safety is a priority condition stipulated under the license of the rail operator.

“All land public transport operators and any personnel involved in providing rail and train services must make safety a paramount aspect of the service.

“It is regrettable that this incident has occurred and the ministry and APAD will not tolerate any element of neglect.

“It must be stressed that any person that fails to comply with safety requirements is liable to legal action,” said Dr Wee.

At 3pm on Monday, passengers witnessed the doors of the LRT Kelana Jaya line train remain open during operations after its departure from the Ara Damansara station towards the Lembah Subang Station.

The train, Rapid KL said, was then taken out of service less than two minutes later when it reached the Lembah Subang, located about 900m away from the Ara Damansara Station.

According to Rapid KL, there were seven passengers on board the train during the incident, and all were evacuated safely.

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