Transport minister Anthony Loke is getting tough on road safety. The new man in charge said today that express bus companies and drivers who have unpaid traffic summonses will not be allowed to operate over the Hari Raya festive period, explaining that the move is one of the government’s efforts to reduce road accidents and fatalities, Bernama reported.

“The Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) had carried out inspections at most bus depots a week before the launch of this integrated operation in conjunction with Aidilfitri,” Loke told the media today in Seremban after launching Ops Bersepadu for the upcoming balik kampung exodus.

“Bus companies or drivers who have unpaid summonses have been served with a notice to settle their outstanding traffic summonses before they can be allowed to operate as usual,” he declared.

The minister explained that the presence of AADK officers at bus depots were to ensure that express bus drivers were drug-free. “To have a bus driver with a clean record is very important as it would not only have an impact on the safety of the passengers, but also on the bus companies to renew their licences in the future,” he said.

The integrated road safety campaign and operation will run from tomorrow until June 22.