KUALA LUMPUR: Puspakom will be the next frontline entity to be given a “clean-up” following the launch of the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) integrity plan.
JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said his department was in the midst of reviewing Puspakom procedures to speed up inspection times and that new standard operating procedures would be ready in two weeks.
“We will not compromise on the safety or comfort of passengers but there is a need to prioritise inspections on a ‘want’ or ‘need’ basis.”
Solah said there were necessary tests such as making sure vehicles passed engine and brake tests but that other tests -- such as items that were cosmetic in nature -- were not as important.
“Right now there are over 200 items that are checked and if the vehicle fails just one item, the vehicle would fail the test completely.”
Solah said for example that if the passenger seat was torn on a lorry, it could be overlooked but not if the passenger seat was torn on a taxi or a bus.
Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said the move would definitely curb corruption and would have far reaching effects.
“The operators will know that they don’t have to be at the mercy of Puspakom for small things like the paintwork not being perfect,” he said.
Two new bodies, the JPJ Stakeholders’ Panel (SP) and the Puspakom Monitoring Board (PMB), were also formed at the launch of JPJ’s integrity plan on Monday.
Representatives from non-governmental organisations, political parties and consumer associations received their appointments to sit on the panel and the board which will be overseen by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.
Some of the appointees include Fomca secretary-general Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah, Pan Malaysian Lorry Operators Association president Er Sui See and Automotive Association of Malaysia president Datuk Aishah Ahmad.
Ong said the panel and board would get together to monitor enforcement by JPJ and the Puspakom as well as their effectiveness.
“It will be a good platform for feedback and to keep and eye on the quality of service,” he said at a press conference.
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