Penang Road Transport Department cracks down hard on buses with lone drivers

Penang Road Transport Department cracks down hard on buses with lone drivers

BUTTERWORTH - Ten express buses with lone drivers were stopped from leaving the Penang Sentral bus terminal here and the Sungai Nibong terminal on the island during a seven-day crackdown that started on April 22.

Two express buses, also without second drivers, were prevented from leaving rest and recreation (R&R) stops along the North-South Expressway.

Some journeys were delayed for almost an hour as the buses were allowed to proceed only after their companies assigned a co-driver.

Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) director Datuk Hassan Yaccob said the crackdown followed a spate of fatal road accidents involving express and tour buses.

He said the operation, involving 179 officers, ended on Monday night.

"We checked the buses at bus terminals, went undercover as passengers and conducted spot checks at R&R areas," Hassan told a press conference here yesterday.

"A check on 141 buses at Penang Sentral and Sungai Nibong found 10 buses which were going for trips of more than 300km without a second driver.

"The buses were stopped at the terminals until a co-driver was assigned and we also issued compound notices to the bus companies involved."

He said compound notices were also issued to 17 buses found with technical offences such as insufficient air pressure in the tyres.

"We conducted spot checks on 10 buses at the R&R in Juru, Sungai Bakap and Bumbung Lima and found two without co-drivers," he said, adding that JPJ officers from Penang also went undercover as passengers to as far as Kuala Lumpur and Kota Baru but did not detect any offences by the drivers.

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