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All express and intercity buses will have to be equipped with a speed limiter with immediate effect. Announcing the mandatory move, transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ruling was already in place and should already have been implemented, The Star reports.

“We are very serious. This was introduced a few years ago and I want it enforced,” he stated. The action won’t only involve intercity and express buses, as speed limiters will eventually be installed on all types of buses, Liow added.

He said that the installation of a speed limiter was not a costly affair, and there should be no reason for companies or operators to raise ticket prices. “It’s minimal cost to them and they should not raise prices,” he explained.

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Liow said that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) – along with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) – will enforce the law with regards to the use of these devices, and Puspakom was to ensure buses had them installed.

The action to enforce the use of speed limiters on buses follows on the recent incident where a runaway bus rammed into 10 cars on the downhill stretch near the North-South Expressway’s Menora Tunnel. The bus was on its way from Penang to Kuala Lumpur when the mishap occurred. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had suspended the bus company for a month, following an audit of the company’s fleet, which found non-compliance of mandatory safety requirements.