Govt considering database to weed out bad commercial drivers

KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook says the government is considering a national database on commercial drivers to weed out bad drivers.

He said a detailed study would be needed to avoid loopholes in its implementation.

“We want a mechanism that allows all information recorded in the database to be monitored,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat here today.

He was responding to Kasturi Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) who asked if the government would set up such a platform to ensure the supply of good commercial drivers.

This follows reports of a tour bus which crashed in Bayan Lepas last week, killing one and injuring several others.

Kasturi also asked if there are plans to remove old commercial vehicles from the roads.

Loke said this would involve a cost for operators, adding that stringent checks are conducted before these vehicles are allowed on the road.

Abdul Azeez Rahim (BN-Baling) meanwhile asked about complaints by lorry drivers in Tanjung Piai who said they were unable to drive after receiving medical reports confirming they have diabetes.

Loke said only doctors can determine if a person is fit to work.

“If they are fit to work, the Road Transport Department should have no issue giving them licences,” he said.