The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has intensified its enforcement at bus terminals, airports, city centres and highways for the Chinese New Year festive season, Bernama reports. The commission is working in collaboration with JPJ and the police in the special Chinese New Year Joint Operations, which aims to prevent road accidents during the hectic holiday period.

According to minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, SPAD’s enforcement team has begun conducting checks on counters as well as inspecting documents at bus terminals.

“To monitor express bus safety compliance and driver behaviour, undercover operations and patrolling at selected locations are also being carried out,” she said. The operations, which began on January 21 and runs until February 5, will include round-the-clock operations from January 27 to February 1, she added.

Since the start of the programme, a total of 27 cases have been recorded, including the arrest of a tout. A total of 383 vehicles were screened, while eight enforcement officers had gone undercover on four express bus journeys, Nancy said.

She stressed the government will not hesitate to apply the maximum force of the law on land public transport operators who flouted safety regulations.

“The government wishes to remind land public transport operators and bus captains that they have a very important role to play in enhancing the safety of their passengers. In addition to ensuring that they adhere to safety rules stipulated in SPAD’s ICOP (Industrial Code of Practice), express bus operators must also ensure their drivers adhere to speed limits at all times,” she stated.