Govt Should Streamline Regulations Concerning Land Transport

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 – The Government should revamp the regulations and tasks of agencies pertaining to public transport services to avoid misunderstanding over responsibilities and scope of authority. Chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said, a revamp was important as the land transport system was growing rapidly with all sorts of services. “It is important to improve understanding over tasks, we are all working towards one aim, which is to ensure an efficient land public transport system and provide the best service to the public at a reasonable cost,” he said.

For instance, he said when an accident involving public transport occurred, the public would point a finger at SPAD when other departments or agencies should be taking action. Syed Hamid was speaking to reporters after launching the 21st Annual General Meeting of the Peninsular Malaysia Malay Express Bus Operators Association (Pembawa), here today. He said each government agency should understand their own legislation and implement the law within their scope of power. The meeting was attended by 19 express bus company operators and among the resolutions passed was that bus fares would be increased following the increased cost of fuel. Pembawa president, Tajudin Mohamad Yunus said the time had come for the government to consider the request by the association to increase the bus fares as half of the price now was the cost borne by the company, including operational costs and toll fares.