KUALA LUMPUR: The Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) is studying a proposal to introduce driver’s profiling system for express bus drivers to determine their identity and track record.
CVLB chairman Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique said the system would enable express bus companies to check their records before employing them.
“In efforts to avoid the recurrence of fatal accidents due to driver’s negligence, CVLB is in the process of studying a driver’s profiling system as one of the Key Performance Index (KPI).
“However, the proposal will have to be studied in detail to avert an overlapping of jurisdiction with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) which is responsible for drivers’ licence.
“Once the Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) is set up next year, the Public Service Licence (PSV) and Goods Drivers’ Licence (GDL) will come under the purview of the SPAD,” she told Bernama when contacted.
“Driving an express bus is by no means an easy task as it involves long distances and they are responsible for many lives.” Apart from the driver’s profiling system, the Transport Ministry is also considering setting up training centres for express bus drivers to produce quality bus drivers.
Express bus drivers should not just think of the number of trips they would be required to earn extra allowances or commission but must abide by traffic rules and regulations and drive safely.
“Previously we set specific conditions and criteria for issuing individual licences to taxi drivers which is a minimum five-year driving experience.
“Similar conditions and criteria can be introduced for express bus drivers,” said Halimah.
Meanwhile, speaking of the double-decker Sani Express bus involved in a tragic accident at Km272.
8 of the North South Expressway which killed 10 of the 48 passengers on Saturday, Halimah said any decision or action on the company would only be known after an Enquiry Committee into Fatal Crashes completes investigations on Jan 5.
She said CVLB would make a decision based on reports submitted by various technical agencies, including the police, JPJ, Transport Ministry, Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) and CVLB legal advisers.
“We will identify the cause of the accident and consider recommendations put forward during a meeting,” she said.
During the 1am incident, the express bus which was on its way from Klang in Selangor to Kangar, Perlis went out of control at KM272.
8 of the North South Expressway (about eight kilometres before the Ipoh Toll Plaza) and hit the road divider.
Those killed were seated in the lower tier of the bus.
The driver of the express bus who claimed falling asleep momentarily before the accident, was charged in court for reckless driving on Tuesday. — Bernama