53 buses caught under Ops Serkap

spadKUALA LUMPUR: A total of 53 buses were caught violating rules and regulations in Ops Serkap conducted at the South Integrated Terminal (TBS) here last night.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said among the offences committed were not having a valid permit and not complying with standard operating procedures (SOP).

“Fifty-three buses have been identified and SPAD will take appropriate action as they have gone against the law,” he told reporters when met at the SPAD office at TBS.

During the operation, SPAD also monitored touts out to deceive passengers with the sale of illegal bus tickets.

“We have often reminded passengers to buy tickets from the TBS counters to prevent them from being cheated by unscrupulous parties,” he said.

In addition, Azharuddin said SPAD was intensifying its operation nationwide to reduce untoward incidents and fatal road accidents.

On Dec 24 last year, 14 people were killed and 16 injured when an express bus went off the road at Km137.3 of the North-South Expressway, northbound, near the Pagoh rest and service area in Johor.

According to preliminary investigations, the bus was speeding before it went off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier of a tunnel at Kampung Jayo.

Ops Serkap, which took off on Jan 21 and is due to end on Feb 5, is aimed at checking on ticket sales and ensuring that public buses are in good and safe condition throughout the festive holidays.

Meanwhile, police have also been busy with their Ops Selamat 10, held in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Ops Selamat 10 is being held from Jan 21 to Feb 5.

A total of 103,856 summonses for various offences were issued during the first week of the operation. In comparison, a total of 129,871 summonses were issued during the whole duration of Ops Selamat 8, held during CNY last year.

Police issued 68,146 summonses based on camera recordings while 26,494 were summonses converted from traffic notices.

Most of the summonses issued were for speeding (49,611), queue jumping (1,997) and beating the traffic lights (1,628).

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Mahamad Akhir Darus said fatal road accidents recorded a drop although the number of road accidents rose by 6% in the seven days, with 11,440 accidents recorded.

“The number of fatal accidents dropped from 123 to 95 cases while deaths dropped by 23%, from 132 to 100.”

Motorcyclists and pillion riders were the highest number of casualties with 59 deaths, followed by car drivers and passengers with 25 deaths.

Akhir said preliminary analysis found that contributing factors included dangerous driving and lack of focus when on the road.