Bus driver accreditation cards being fine-tuned: Loke

Bus driver accreditation cards being fine-tuned: Loke

The transport ministry is scrutinising regulations regarding the proposed issuance of accreditation cards for bus drivers in Malaysia, New Straits Times has reported.

“We are finalising the regulations in terms of issuing the bus driver’s card. In fact, this matter was raised to us months ago, and we have actually approved the issuance of the bus driver cards subject to some regulations which are being fine tuned,” transport minister Anthony Loke said in response to a prior suggestion by Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Mohamad Ashfar Ali for the cards for bus drivers.

This card would enable the transport ministry to ensure accountability for both drivers and bus operators in the event of any complaints of accidents, Ashfar said. For now, the accreditation card is issued only to e-hailing and taxi drivers, said the land public transport agency (APAD).

Bus driver accreditation cards being fine-tuned: Loke

Meanwhile, a total of 351 inspections have been carried out on tour buses, from which there have been four cases of operators without licenses, while six bus drivers have been detained for failing urine tests for drug screening.

“We take this matter seriously because from these figures, it shows that these drivers not only lack licences but are also involved in drug misuse. I want to emphasise that this enforcement is not seasonal. It is not because there have been recent accidents. This enforcement will continue for all types of vehicles, whether tour buses, express buses, factory buses or trucks,” the transport minister said.

The crackdown on bus operators began this week, after a tour bus crashed near Genting Highlands and resulted in the death of two Chinese nationals, while several others were injured.

The incident occurred at KM16.5 of Jalan Genting Highlands, and an initial investigation found that the permit for the 15-year-old bus involved had lapsed on February 16, and the driver was also driving without a licence and had 27 past traffic summonses for various offences.

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  • PaulChan on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:06 am

    we can create so many new rules and law.
    but where is the ENFORCEMENT???

    Malaysia’s weakness has always been the LACK OF ENFORCEMENT

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    • Companies should be the one responsible for bus driver’s schedule and maintenance.

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  • Michael on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:24 am

    I’d take his statement “I want to emphasise that this enforcement is not seasonal. It is not because there have been recent accidents” with a pinch of salt! Every Transport Minister who had come and went had at one time or another uttered the same phrase before but similar offences still happened to thus day.

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  • opmanmy on Jul 05, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    Common la. Only big things (accident) happen then only big time go crackdown. After that back to usual?!

    Every now and then go undercover and crackdown la. Check those commercial vehicles plying the roads. It’s not that you cannot see that they are speeding, over loaded, smoky black exhaust, etc… Jgn la duduk ofis air con saja! Haiya.

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  • Spin Too Much on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    Come on, Loke is a Joke!
    That bus driver did not have a valid license. How can fine tuning your registration actually help in such case when he is NEVER registered?!

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    • Scotty Kilmer (The famous American youtuber mechanic) on Jul 05, 2024 at 9:09 pm

      So Ahlokekor wants to fine tune a non existent licence.
      Why dont we lobby PMX to fine tune his salary,for incompetence and doing damage control only when 2 China tourists died? Lets fine tune his emoluments and pension downwards,shall we ?
      If the licenceless dude did not crash the bus,scores of such drivers will never be discovered,and ahlokekor is still getting fat perks and pension.Just pathetically unacceptable piece of crap.

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  • Diam-ler on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    We are concerned that lax enforcement or potential corruption may contribute to the smuggling of subsidised fuel to Thailand, ultimately leading to higher fuel costs and car taxes for Malaysian citizens. And these guys are getting salary hike for their incompetence

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  • anwar menang, rakyat ddijubbokkan on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    ha ha ha ha
    DAP=DIRECT AWARD PARTY is finding ways to give cronies projects and ripoff the taxpayer money…

    Nga kor ming wants to give free parking for EV cars!!
    who buys EV cars?… currently only the T20s…

    and Aljubbokman wants to tax the T20… see how these MFs ripping off the rakyat!!

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  • All bus drivers must have Master degrees at minimum

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  • useless one lah, last time puspakom approve can jalan, now puspakom approve and give you a platinum card and can jalan, problem is with puspakom inspection not with your whatever card

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