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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) aims to reduce the rate of road accidents with the implementation of speed limiters on express buses, according to a Bernama report. “We have directed that all newly registered buses be installed with speed limiters from January next year. Old buses are given five years as it involves cost. By 2020, all express buses will have speed limiters,” said JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron.

This follows transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s urging for bus companies to install speed limiters in their buses, and stressed that they have one year to comply or face suspension, especially since the ruling was already in place and should have been implemented, he said last month.

When asked at a press conference to explain the mechanism of the speed limiter, Nadzri said it was being studied by the JPJ, and that it is considering an allowance of 10% above the planned 90 km/h imposed limit to allow for overtaking. The upper speed limit for heavy vehicles on highways is 90 km/h.

This is in the wake of the incident involving an express bus took place last month on the southbound stretch of the North-South Expressway, near Ipoh, where the bus driver lost control due to faulty brakes and rammed into 10 cars. The incident resulted in the bus company receiving a one-month suspension.

Nadzri said that currently, JPJ uses the mySIKAP computing system, while the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) are using their own systems. “We have agreed that the current systems which are implemented in real time, will be upgraded, especially the blacklisting of drivers, owners and vehicles,” Nadzri added.

The report also stated that the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) will assist the JPJ, PDRM and SPAD in developing an integrated enforcement system.