Wednesday, 15 August 2012

67 express buses not roadworthy, says JPJ

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 67 express buses have been found to be unfit to ferry passengers during the Hari Raya holidays.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad said out of 938 buses, 871 were given the go-ahead.

“Buses which have failed will have to go through another check to be deemed roadworthy,” he said at Pudu Sentral here yesterday.

Ismail said 1,600 department officers had been deployed under Ops Selamat to ensure that road safety is maintained during the festive season.

“Some of our officers will go undercover as bus passengers to ensure that the drivers follow the rules,’’ he added.

Ismail said 38 drivers were fined on Monday for reckless driving and for driving buses that were not roadworthy.

He also said the JPJ would check on motorcyclists.

“The statistics on last year’s Ops Sikap revealed that 60% of fatal road accidents involved motorcyclists and their passengers,” he added.

In IPOH, enforcement officers will be stationed at 15 black spots during the Hari Raya period.

State JPJ director Ramli Awang Seberang said the 15 locations were known to be accident-prone, where fatal traffic accidents had been reported.

Ramli said the locations included Jalan Ipoh-Lumut (KM31), Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar (KM22), Jalan Gopeng-Simpang Pulai (KM2.5), Jalan Ipoh-Butterworth (KM100), Jalan Ipoh-Taiping (KM50), Jalan Teluk Intan-Bidor (KM14), Jalan Teluk Intan-Sabak Bernam (KM7), Jalan Sitiawan-Kayan (KM32), Jalan Air Tawar-Beruas (KM32), Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur (KM73.1), Jalan Gerik-Kupang (KM7.2), Jalan Gerik-Lenggong (KM8), Jalan Gerik-Jeli (KM13), Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Gerik (KM49) and Jalan Ipoh-Taiping (KM40).

“Besides that, we will carry out mobile patrolling beginning from the toll area near Parit Buntar right up to Tanjung Malim.

“We do not want people to use the emergency lane and will monitor other possible offences road users are prone to commit,” he told reporters during an operation carried out at the Medan Gopeng express bus terminal near here yesterday.

Source : TheStar


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