KUALA LUMPUR: Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd (Rapid Bus) will step up cooperation with the transport ministry to put a stop to private vehicles encroaching into bus lanes by monitoring the lanes with closed circuit television cameras (CCTV).
This was revealed by Rapid Bus chief executive officer Yazurin Sallij who said it will include the issuance of compound notices by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to vehicles that use bus lanes or cause any form of obstruction.
“This is to ensure that bus lanes are not obstructed and to keep the lanes flowing faster in order to encourage the public to take public transport,” he said during Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara talk show “Optimising the Competency of Rapid Bus Services”, last night.
He added that DBKL would also help to improve the visibility of the lanes by marking them in a brighter colour.
Yazurin said Rapid Bus was working with DBKL to keep more than 14 existing bus lanes clear, including the ones along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Pahang, which can shorten travel times by up to 10 minutes.
“Without enforcement, we have to add roughly 41 buses, so it is clear that keeping the bus lanes free is more efficient,” he added.
According to Yazurin, the implementation of the Jalan Ampang contra lane earlier this month showed positive results with a 10% increase in bus passengers in the first two weeks.
“Our target for Jalan Ampang is 30,000 passengers per day. If we can achieve this, our objective of reducing traffic congestion will be met,” he said.