PETALING JAYA: The use of imitation spare parts is among the main causes for increased road accidents involving express buses, according to Transport Workers Union (TWU) secretary-general, Datuk Zainal Rampak.
He said the use of imitation spare parts by bus companies was widespread as it saved cost, besides being easily available.
"This has been happening for a long time but seldom reported to the relevant authorities by those concerned, and now these authorities, like the Land Public Transport Commission Malaysia, need to give serious attention to this issue," he told reporters at the TWU office, here, Tuesday.
Zainal said among the imitation spare parts widely used by bus companies were brake discs, which were sometimes reused, while some spare parts used were not suitable for the bus models.
"The imitation brake discs, if pressed many times while descending a sloping road, will get heated up and become soft and dysfunctional, and are dangerous during emergencies and can result in accidents," he said.
On the use of double-decker and high-decked buses, Zainal suggested that they be banned for long-distance travelling because of the country's hilly terrain.
"When such buses ascend or descend a sloping road, balance is compromised especially when the buses are full of passengers and this will endanger their lives.
"It is better for such buses to be used in the city or town areas as the land is flatter," he said.
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