Rapid Bus Academy opens up training to public

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PETALING JAYA: Those interested in becoming bus drivers can now apply to Prasarana’s Rapid Bus Academy in Cheras.

The academy opened its doors to members of the public and stakeholders in order to overcome the present shortage of bus drivers, reported The Star Online today.

Academy head Jaslino Mohamed Yusoff said the state-of-the-art facility opened in 2012, was initially meant for internal use and training of Rapid Bus captains. However, the school was opened to the public in November last year, but has yet to receive even one applicant.

“Bus operators, associations and individuals interested in training or becoming bus drivers can approach us,” he said during a visit by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri, to the academy at the Cheras Selatan Rapid KL Bus Depot.

Prasarana group chief executive officer Azmi Abdul Aziz said they had their own benchmark for training bus captains, the news portal reported.

“And our benchmark has been validated by local authorities and international groups,” said Azmi.

He said since they had achieved certain standards and quality levels, it was their responsibility to help the bus industry by offering to train other bus drivers.

Meanwhile, Nancy said since many of the bus drivers were old, some even in their 60s, there was an urgent need to train younger drivers.