Sunday, February 25

Transport Ministry to introduce on-demand van service to improve public transport

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) will introduce an on-demand transit van service or demand responsive transit (DRT) in the Klang Valley to enhance the interconnectivity of public transportation.

Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the ministry will announce details on the implementation of the initiative that targets first and last-mile areas, which have limited access to public bus services.

He said part of the RM50 million allocation under Budget 2024 to enhance public transportation will be used to purchase vans, adding that Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) has been tasked to oversee the operations.

“We understand that not all residential areas have bus routes. The concept is similar to e-hailing services. It has no special routes but we will place it in strategic locations,” he said in a media conference after opening the Kuala Lumpur DAP Annual Convention at the party’s headquarters, here on Sunday.

Loke said MOT wants Prasarana to forge cooperation with companies offering the van-on-demand services to expand the initiative.

Meanwhile, he said MOT would present amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 33) regarding the offence of driving in bus lanes next year to prevent continued misuse of such lanes by other road users and enhance its effectiveness.

According to him, the amendments allow enforcement personnel to issue compounds based on the offences monitored and recorded on camera.

He said placing enforcement personnel at the lanes to prevent misuse by other road users was found to be a less effective approach.

“We are moving towards smart enforcement by using licence plate scanning devices…this will be implemented later,” he said.

Loke said MOT would continue advocacy efforts to prohibit private vehicles from using bus lanes for a year before issuing compounds for the offence. – Bernama

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