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Imitation spare parts are also a cause of bus accidents

Postby admin » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:14 am

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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Show evidence of fake parts, bus operators tell union

Postby admin » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:25 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Workers Union should back their claims with proof that some bus companies are using imitation spare parts on their buses.

Until now, there had been no evidence to prove that the use of imitation parts was among the causes of increased road accidents involving express buses, said Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Association (PMBOA) president Datuk Ashfar Ali.

Ashfar was commenting on a statement by union secretary-general Datuk Zainal Rampak that the use of imitation spare parts by bus companies was widespread as they were cheap and easily available.

He said if there were bus companies which used imitation parts on their vehicles, then action should be taken as it involved the safety of passengers and other road users.

Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said bus and commercial transport companies which used imitation parts should have their permits suspended.

Suret said regular inspections by the authorities concerned were important to ensure the operators only used genuine spare parts.

Peninsular Malaysia Road Transport Officers Union president Hamzah Masri said the use of spare parts without the SIRIM stamp of approval could be a cause of accidents.

He said there should be monitoring of outlets selling imitation spare parts and that the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry should be more vigilant on this matter.

Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said bus operators should ensure that spare parts used were compatible and safe.

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Reduce duty on bus spare parts, says union

Postby admin » Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:53 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The Peninsular Malaysia Transport Workers Union (TWU) has urged the government to reduce duty on spareparts for buses.

Secretary-general Datuk Zainal Rampak said the high duty had prompted some bus operators to use cheaper spareparts of low quality.

“Genuine gear box cost RM7,000 to RM8,000 while brakes can cost RM2,000 to replace. Imitation parts cost only a fraction of prices quoted.

“Bus drivers should not be blamed for accidents caused by faulty brakes,” he told Bernama Friday.

Zainal had on Dec 28 blamed imitation spareparts as among main factors for road accidents that involved express buses.

Peninsular Malaysia Bus Operators Association president Datuk Mohamad Ashfar Ali had asked Zainal to lodge a police report if he had proof that buses had used imitation parts.

Zainal said that all quarters should cooperate to find ways to check road accidents as they cost lives.

“Media reports showed how easy it is to buy imitation parts. We have to be rational as priority should be on saving the life of passengers,” he added.

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