Out goes the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), and in comes the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD). The new entity, which was announced by the transport ministry yesterday, will be responsible for the development of the land public transport sector in the country, Bernama reports.

According to transport minister Anthony Loke, the cabinet agreed to the establishment of APAD, which will be led by a director-general to implement relevant policies. He said the agency will oversee land public transport projects such as the Mass Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), rail transportation and bus systems.

Four sub-committees, led by ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim, have been set up to monitor the restructuring plan from SPAD to APAD. The new agency’s organisational structure and staffing will be implemented with the assistance of the Public Services Department (PSD).

Following the restructuring exercise, Loke said the SPAD Act 2010 (Act 714) will be abolished to empower the ministry as well as APAD and the Road Transport Department (JPJ). He added that two others acts – the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715) and Road Transport Act 1987 – will be amended to empower JPJ.

Loke said that existing SPAD functions in enforcement and providing counter services will now be handled by JPJ. He added that the department will be the authority for the issuance of licences and permits for public transport as well as travel/commercial vehicle operators.

“There will be no separate JPJ and SPAD counters after the restructuring exercise. In order to avoid overlapping of functions in land transport enforcement, JPJ will be given the authority to carry out enforcement of the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715),” he said.

He added that SPAD was still operating as usual until the SPAD Act is abolished in the parliamentary sitting that will be convened next month.

“Many are still confused and think the SPAD is disbanded, hence, there will be no enforcement and summonses need not be paid. That is not accurate because SPAD still exists today, until the SPAD Act is abolished in the parliament,” he explained.