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Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

TRANSIT took note of the following article describing changes to bus service in Johor Baru, with a new “no pick up” order for Jalan Wong Ah Fook, diversion of urban stage buses to Larkin Sentral, and a new free shuttle bus connecting the two areas.

Commuters get short end of stick

(NST JOHOR, 1 May 2014)

JOHOR Baru City Council has come up with a solution to the the problem of traffic congestion in Jalan Wong Ah Fook, which it believes is caused by the long queue of stage buses waiting for passengers.

The council recently announced that effective May 1, all stage buses plying the northwest route, which is basically the Skudai corridor, may only drop off passengers by the road. They will not be allowed to pick up passengers.

Continue reading Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

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TRANSIT wishes Selamat Hari Pekerja to all Malaysians Workers

TRANSIT wishes to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy International Workers Day & Selamat Hari Pekerja to all the hard working honest people who are a part of our public transport sector.

While we cannot help but cringe every time we hear a “bad news” or “bad apple” story we know that there are many good, honest and caring public transport workers.

We hope too see more effort by planners, management and government agencies to encourage more good behaviour while cracking down on bad behaviour.

Look out touts – SPAD is watching you

TRANSIT took note of two interesting articles related to the current Chinese New Year Holiday period – the standard set of warnings against touting and the standard article about related enforcement efforts.

The big question is, do Malaysians feel that the current enforcement and touting situation is better now that SPAD is in charge?

We know that SPAD is definitely more proactive than the CVLB was when it comes to enforcement. We know that they are also making more effort to reach out to the public and encourage complaints and feedback – whether on their websites, through phone, email and social media, and even encouraging walk-in complaints with offices at bus terminals, as well as their central offices.

So…how can we be confident in our confidence in SPAD?

Taxi and bus drivers warned against preying on travellers (The Star, 22 January 2012)

KUALA LUMPUR: Taxi and bus drivers as well as bus company operators have been warned against taking advantage of the festive season to prey on travellers, including overcharging them.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) enforcement director Mej-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad said offenders would be charged and given heavy fines.

He said they would be “duly dealt with” under the Public Land Transport Act 2010 if nabbed.

“Those days, the fine was only RM300 and most cases did not have to go to court but under the new Act, investigation papers are immediately opened when offenders are apprehended,” said Che Hasni during SPAD’s special enforcement operations at Pudu Sentral.

Offenders could be fined up to RM50,000 under Section 75 of the Act, he added.

Also, the second article:

Keeping touts at bay in Pudu Sentral (NST, 23 January 2012)

LAND Public Transport Commission (SPAD) recently carried out an operation called OPS Serkap 1 to nab touts and carry out inspections on express buses at Pudu Sentral.

The operation, which will be ongoing until the end of the month, is targeted at major bus stations.

During the 13-hour operation, SPAD nabbed five touts. Three buses were issued summonses for picking up passengers from non-designated pick-up points, while two buses were fined for not having the temporary variation licences (LPS).

TRANSIT Says:

So…how can we be confident in our confidence in SPAD? One way would be if we actually had information about SPAD’s enforcement department – how many people, where they are based, what laws they are enforcing, how to reach them, etc.

In the knowledge-based economy, information and knowledge is the source of wealth & power.

SPAD has new permit system on the way … re-register by 31 December 2011 or the party is over.

TRANSIT took note of the following article, which is a final update on the permit re-registration process that SPAD has undertaken in Peninsular Malaysia since the beginning of April 2011.

The window for the permit re-registration was from April until 30 September 2011, but many people did not re-register in time.

SPAD is now saying that all permits that have not been re-registered with SPAD as of 31 December 2011 will be revoked (hopefully as of 1 January 2012).

Register or lose licence, warns SPAD (The Star)
15 December 2011

By WANI MUTHIAH
wani@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The licences of public and commercial vehicles which have not been re-registered with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) by Dec 31 will be revoked.

SPAD chief operating officer Azahar Ahmad said the owners and operators of the vehicles will then have to re-apply all over again. Continue reading SPAD has new permit system on the way … re-register by 31 December 2011 or the party is over.

KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article in which KTMB has announced plans to improve the facilities at KTM Komuter stations, to help commuters deal with the unacceptable wait times that are plaguing the system.

Now, this is something that TRANSIT had been talking about for some time – and ironically, it took a few years to get the plans in place. And probably even more ironic is that by the time everything is done and taken care of, there will be another 20-30 Komuter trains operating – so the facilities may end up going unused.

But in the meantime – let’s learn more about the plans.

KTMB to add new features for wait time and security (The Star)
19 September

KUALA LUMPUR: Plans are in the pipeline for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) to upgrade its train stations with more facilities to enhance convenience for passengers.

KTMB will also be implementing features to improve commuters’ security in its stations.

KTMB corporate communications senior manager Mohd Fazil Ismail said KTMB would introduce features such as WiFi, fans, LCD screens and mobile phone chargers that would keep commuters occupied during train arrival intervals. Continue reading KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

Should we prepare for a school bus showdown? Or is there a solution on the way?

TRANSIT took note of this issue a few weeks ago and had not managed to comment on it until today.

School buses are a significant form of public transport in Malaysia. Unlike urban buses, school buses are in many cases still operated by individual permit owner-operators, the local “bus uncle” or “bus auntie”. Given that Malaysian cities are largely spread out & many roads in urban areas are not safe for walking or cycling on, it is no surprise that children from preschool-university age spend a great deal of time on school buses.

Do you understand what this means, ladies & gentlemen? These school bus drivers are independent and they have access to your children.

But don’t worry – this is not a post to scare people – just to remind them that sometimes the best laid plans of mice & men (and SPAD) hardly ever work out.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Second-hand school buses may return to the road for another 10 years. Image courtesy of The Malay Mail.

One more year: SPAD to give operators 12 months to offload their 30-year-old vehicles (The Malay Mail)
MARHALIM ABAS
Monday, September 5th, 2011

SCHOOL bus operators will be given a year to replace their vehicles which are more than 30 years old when the lifespan ruling is implemented.

The grace period, however, will only be allowed if the old buses pass Puspakom safety checks. Continue reading Should we prepare for a school bus showdown? Or is there a solution on the way?

Updates #100


Updates #100

NOTE: Because of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Balik Kampung, this update will cover 2 weeks of public transport news. Continue reading Updates #100

Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

Updated with comments from TRANSIT!

TRANSIT has taken note of a series of articles in Free Malaysia Today, detailing an interview with SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar.

TRANSIT will reserve our comments until the entire series is posted. In the meantime you can find links to the articles (3 at the time of this posting) after the jump:

Update: TRANSIT had reserved our comments and then got so busy we didn’t have time to make these comments. But we are ready now! Continue reading Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

Klang residents want the council to improve public amenities such as bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article detailing residents complaints about bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands in central Klang.

TRANSIT has always had a soft spot for Klang. We still do not understand why the local government & Selangor Government have allowed the “Royal Town” to become so run-down and disappointing.

The construction of the overhead flyover, the closure of taxi stands and the North Klang bus terminal (forcing buses to either use Klang Sentral or crowd along Jalan POS Bahru), and the construction of a “racetrack” ring road around Klang are all examples of how the town has been pulled apart by “helpful” construction projects that have actually made the city less enjoyable for the people who live there.

FIX ’EM : Klang residents want the council to improve public amenities such as bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands (Streets – NST, 19 August 2011)

KLANG: Residents of Klang are unhappy with how public amenities are being maintained.

Among the amenities are bus stops, telephone booths, as well as taxi stands. There are even complaints that road signs are in need of repair.

Commuters have to stand while waiting for their buses as there is no bench at this bus stop. — Pictures by C. Premananthini, NST

Continue reading Klang residents want the council to improve public amenities such as bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands

Take public transport this Raya says RTD Chief. TRANSIT: Public transport is now comfortable, safer option

TRANSIT took note of a number of articles about the upcoming Balik Kampung period that we thought worthy of note.

Firstly, the director-general of the Road Transport Department has commented that the public should be confident to take buses to their destinations this raya, as buses are much safer than motorcycles.

As you know, each Hari Raya balik kampung period is accompanied by an Ops Sikap and daily announcements about deaths & collisions on Malaysian roads. And every Ops Sikap records that the greatest number of deaths & injuries occur among motorcyclists traveling on Federal Roads.

RTD Chief: Take the bus this raya; it’s safer (NST)
2011/08/15
By Predeep Nambiar

KUALA LUMPUR: Those planning the annual balik kampung trip this coming festive season have been urged to use public transport, especially express buses.
Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the use of express buses instead of passenger cars will ease the anticipated traffic congestion during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period.

“The government expects the number of people using public transport to show an increase from 17 per cent last year to 21 per cent this year.

“A recent research by MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Reserch) shows that the accident risk of public transport vehicles is seven to nine times lower than passenger cars.

“It is also 48 times safer than a motorcycle.”
Continue reading Take public transport this Raya says RTD Chief. TRANSIT: Public transport is now comfortable, safer option