PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has ordered all express and intercity buses to install speed limiters immediately.
He said the ruling was not new as it was introduced a few years ago but he wanted it enforced now.
Liow told Star Online that more than 20,000 accidents with 330 fatalities occurred during the 14 days of Hari Raya last year. The statistics for the recent Hari Raya festive period are not in yet.
The minister wanted both the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centres (Puspakom) to ensure buses had these gadgets installed.
Liow said these speed limiters were not costly and companies had no reason to hike up ticket prices.
On his announcement yesterday for data integration among JPJ, police and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), he said it was unnecessary to outsource this project.
He said the technology to link the various systems was already available.
He had said the lack of a centralised data system prevented JPJ from blacklisting traffic offenders booked by police.
A streamlined data system is essential to enforce the Kejara demerit points system to disqualify drivers who commit frequent offences from driving or riding their motorcycles.
On MH17, Liow advised all next of kin who had yet to file claims to do so before the second year anniversary on July 17.