KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission is now officially the single government agency mandated to transform and continually improve the country’s land public transportation.
Fully operational on Jan 31, the same day the Land Public Transport Act 2010 came into force, the commission will absorb the functions of the Department of Railways, the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board and the Tourism Ministry’s vehicle licensing division.
Its chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal said while the licensing of all land public transport vehicles will be handled by the commission with immediate effect, this will continue to be done at the same location until further notice.
Mohd Nur Kamal said that officers of the commission have the power to detain, fine and address concerns relating to land public transport such as fraud, soliciting or touting, breach of license conditions and disorderly or offensive behaviour.
They will work alongside Road Transport Department and the police on the ground to ensure that all land public transport laws are observed, he said.
Mohd Nur Kamal said the commission believed that it could develop and improve land public transportation to become the people’s mode of choice in line with the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).
He added that the GTP, along with the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) are a reflection of the close collaboration between the Ministry of Transport; Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government ministries and Government agencies including PEMANDU and the Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC).
“The Prime Minister has set a national priority of delivering a 25% modal share for public transport in the Klang Valley by 2012 during AM (morning) peak periods,” he said.
“The Urban Public Transport NKRA has achieved encouraging results. Based on an independent survey done by Urusbudi Transplan Sdn Bhd, the AM peak public transport achieved a modal share of 17%, an increase from 10-12% in 2008 and we are well on track to reach the target of 25% by 2012,” he added.
This, according to Mohd Nur Kamal, clearly demonstrates that the initiatives under the NKRA are on the right track to encourage higher usage of public transportation.
“This year will see further initiatives being implemented across these four major categories under the UPT NKRA,” he said.
“Short-and medium-term programmes under the UPT NKRA are necessary to alleviate current public transportation woes within the Klang Valley and, in the process, put the necessary building blocks in place for a larger scope, which is the MRT infrastructure,
“The MRT infrastructure is a necessary project solely because the general population within the Klang Valley is expected to increase from six million to 10 million between now and 2020,” he added.
Mohd Nur Kamal also said that initial focus of efforts will be on the Klang Valley, subsequently expanding to Penang and Johor Baru.
The commission is currently developing its 20-year National Public Transport Policy and Masterplan. The first two components due in September this year will be the National Public Transport Policy Framework document and the Greater KL/Klang Valley Public Transport Masterplan.
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