Express bus firms plying the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban route must now provide buses exclusively for women on a daily basis, transport minister Anthony Loke announced yesterday. The new ruling came as a result of requests from female commuters, Malay Mail reported.

“At present, there are three companies providing the service, and we have told them to provide four trips every hour between 5am and 7am for women only. This is to allow female passengers who travel to work every morning to do so in comfort,” Loke said. The same four-trips-hourly frequency also applies for the evening rush between 5pm and 7pm, he added.

Roughly 2,000 people commute on express buses between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban, The Star reported. Loke also visited the Terminal 1 bus station in Seremban, and noted the need to upgrade the facility. “It’s time that we look at how to upgrade this terminal so it becomes a modern terminal, in accordance with the times,” he said.

The transport ministry is also looking at ways to modernise bus terminals in Seremban as most of them are privately run, noting that there is framework for bus terminals to receive revenue from bus and car parking. Additionally, it is possible for them to gain revenue from online ticketing systems or the centralised ticketing system, Loke said.