CVLB officers visit Sani Express HQ

FATAL ACCIDENT: Director-general of Road Safety Department Datuk Suret Singh taking a closer look at the mangled double-decker bus belonging to Sani Express at Ipoh police headquarters. — Bernama photo

KLANG: Four Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) officers visited the headquarters of Sani Express at the Klang Sentral bus terminal yesterday in connection with the express bus tragedy near Ipoh on Saturday.

The four officers led by CVLB assistant director of enforcement Fauzi Mohd Noor arrived at Wisma Dato’ Sani in a Proton Wira car at 10am and left the building four hours later.

Fauzi, when approached by reporters, said the visit was a normal procedure to collect information in making a report on the incident.

“The full report will be known soon,” was all he was willing to say.

In the 1am incident at Km278.8 of the North-South Highway (northbound), 10 passengers were killed while two were injured, one seriously, when the company’s double-decker bus that was ferrying 48 passengers from Klang to Kangar skidded and crashed into the road divider.

Speaking to reporters after the accident, CVLB director Datin Naimah Ramli said the board has no plans to temporarily suspend the operations of the Sani Express bus service but that the bus company had been directed to take measures to enhance the safety level for passengers.

“It’s probably difficult to ask the company to suspend operations because of the holiday season as passengers had already bought their bus tickets.

“However, I have already spoken to the owner of the company and directed that he improve the safety level of its bus passengers,” she said.

Naimah said the fatal accident involving the express bus would be discussed at the committee meeting on fatal accidents involving the various technical agencies.

“The express bus company concerned will also be asked to submit their report (on the fatal accident today),” she said.

Ipoh traffic police chief DSP Mohd Rodzi Rejab said on Saturday the driver of the bus had admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

“He fell asleep at the wheel but breathalyser and drug tests conducted on him proved negative,” Rodzi told reporters.

The police have remanded the driver until Wednesday to facilitate investigations under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. — Bernama

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