Starting next year, all express bus drivers will need to obtain a driver’s card, while drivers of other bus classes will be allowed to obtain the card in stages until 2019.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said the drivers would have to undergo a more effective screening process before they could be recognised as bus drivers and obtain the card, which will be issued by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
“The implementation of this regulation will enable SPAD to carry out a stricter background screening of the drivers, with cooperation from other enforcement agencies, including the police and the Road Transport Department.
“The driver’s card will only be issued to drivers who comply with all the requirements set by SPAD, including having good health and being free of drugs and criminal records,” she said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2018 at the policy level for the Prime Minister’s Department at the Dewan Rakyat here today.
Nancy said drivers who were found to have violated traffic regulations could be suspended and have their cards cancelled. They can also be compelled to undergo refresher training for improvement.-BERNAMA