Wee: Explain LRT incident

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, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said early findings of the 3pm incident on Monday showed that it was due to a door close confirmation unit (DCCU) that failed to operate normally.

“The Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) has directed Rapid Rail to carry out a detailed investigation 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,” he said in a statement.

Dr Wee said Rapid Rail would also have to submit a preliminary incident report within seven days (before Aug 2) and a full report with supporting documents within 21 days (by Aug 16).

“Further action on the licensed operator of the rail service will be decided based on the findings of the comprehensive report,” he said.

Dr Wee said it was too early to ascertain the actual cause of the DCCU’s failure as investigations might lead to other conclusions related to maintenance or adherence to the train operations’ standard operating procedure when addressing technical issues.

Seeking answers: Dr Wee says a detailed investigation is being carried out and it was too early to ascertain the actual cause of the incident.Seeking answers: Dr Wee says a detailed investigation is being carried out and it was too early to ascertain the actual cause of the incident.

He said APAD would open an investigation paper on the incident under the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715).

“Under Act 715, safety is a priority condition stipulated under the licence 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,” he said.

Dr Wee also expressed regret over the incident.

“We will not tolerate any element of neglect.

“Any person who fails to comply with safety requirements is liable to legal action,” he added.

During the incident, passengers saw the door of the LRT Kelana Jaya line train remained open after it left the Ara Damansara station towards the Lembah Subang station.

Following this, Rapid KL said the train was taken out of service less than two minutes later when it reached Lembah Subang, located about 900m away.

There were seven passengers on board the train and all were evacuated safely.

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