The Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) will conduct a 10-day enforcement exercise in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali festive season as part of its continuing initiative to ensure commuter safety. Pix by Khairul Najib Asarulah Khan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) will conduct a 10-day enforcement exercise in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali festive season as part of its continuing initiative to ensure commuter safety.

In a statement today, Spad said that the enforcement exercise, which commenced on Friday and will continue until Oct 22, is conducted in collaboration with other enforcement agencies such as the police, the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the Road Safety Department (JKJR), the National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada) and highway enforcement agencies.

"This includes 24-hour beats running from Oct 12 to 14, Oct 17 to 18, and Oct 21 to 22 when most commuters are expected to travel.

"Among the (measures we will take) to curb errant (bus) operators and drivers include special enforcement audits to examine GPS vehicle records; undercover operations carried out on high-risk bus operators; patrolling in high-risk locations and speed traps; and surveillance via CCTV cameras at Highway Operation Centres, in cooperation with the police and highway authorities.

"Spad enforcement officers will also be patrolling locations in city centres, near shopping complexes and terminals to monitor and take action on ticket and taxi touts. Ticket counter checks and inspections of documents will also be carried out at bus terminals," it said.

The commission added that it has also held meetings with express bus operators to remind them to place the utmost priority on the safety of their passengers, as well as other road users, by adhering to the Spad Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) and safety regulations at all times.

"Spad will not hesitate to apply the maximum force of the law against bus operators found to be negligent in managing their operations, including aspects such as safety, as well as vehicles’ maintenance and driver management.

"Depending on the severity of the offence, bus companies risk having their licences suspended or revoked.

"In more serious cases, a bus company can have its entire fleet suspended pending a safety audit, and if found in non-compliant, further legal or administrative action will be taken," it added.

The commission pointed out that 407 offences were recorded during the 2017 Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season, compared to 390 in 2016.

Spad also urged members of the public to play their part to report errant transport operators and make their complaint with the commission through its 24-hour hotline, 1-800-88-7723; email at aduan@spad.gov.my; or tweet the complaint @aduanSPAD.

Express bus passengers can also download the MeterOn app for iOS and Android mobile devices to send reports directly to Spad; or check on the bus operator’s current status.

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