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Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s call to have all express and intercity buses equipped with a speed limiter with immediate effect has received the backing of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), The Star reports.

“The proposal by the Transport Minister is a good one as it is aimed at better safety for passengers,” SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said. He added that authorities had been talking about implementing the use of speed limiters for more than a decade. “Maybe it is now time for the law to be implemented,” he said.

Last week, Liow said the use of speed limiters will be mandatory for all express and intercity buses. He said the ruling was already in place and should already have been implemented. He added 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.

The call to enforce the use of speed limiters on buses came after an incident involving a runaway bus that rammed into 10 cars on the downhill stretch near the North-South Expressway’s Menora Tunnel.

Syed Hamid said that the suspension of the bus company involved in the incident came into effect last Friday. “There is due process, and the letter issued was not for immediate suspension but for the notification of the process of suspension by SPAD,” he explained.