The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) aims to improve the service quality, security and sustainability of the bus industry, according to a report by The Sun.

“The lab will involve the participation and take into consideration the views of industry players and public from the Peninsular,” said minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Nancy Shukri. “The government, through the relevant agencies, will continue to work closely with bus operators, associations, agencies and stakeholders to improve the quality of the express bus services and passenger safety.”

It is said that the lab, which will be set up next month, will also focus on the business model of the bus industry, ways to deal with driver shortage, proposals to improve the drivers’ welfare, technological approaches, policies and licensing requirements, as well as ways to improve the quality of bus terminals and its infrastructures.

With Chinese New Year around the corner, Nancy reminded all bus companies to give priority to all aspects of driving and passenger safety, which includes the examination of the driver’s condition particularly before the journey.

“I have also instructed SPAD to enhance their risk-based auditing on the express bus operators to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct for SPAD-Industrial Safety (ICOP),” she said, adding that SPAD’s Safety ICOP clearly states that express bus operators are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of drivers and vehicle maintenance is done correctly and regularly.