PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will do all within its power to prevent public stage bus operators from folding.
“We don't want them to stop operating as their services are of public interest. We will have to find a balance in resolving their woes to avoid hardship to the rakyat,” SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said when contacted by The Star yesterday.
He said SPAD was currently working on a blueprint for the nation's public transport industry, where public stage bus operators are a component.
“However, the issues faced by the bus operators need to be addressed urgently. If necessary, we will make recommendations to the Government for measures to be implemented prior to completion of the blueprint,” he said.
He added that SPAD officials and bus operators would meet next on May 25.
However, he noted that the bus companies are a private enterprise and the issue over their economic sustainability is a concern.
“We have to find the best operating model where the companies can sustain their business.
“They should not become a burden to the rakyat and the Government,” he said.
He said this while commenting on the Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Association claim that public stage bus services might cease operations over escalating operating cost.
The association, comprising 130 bus companies operates more than 3,200 buses.
Since December, the operators have repeatedly lamented that they were running failing businesses owing to the spiralling prices of fuel, spare parts and labour.
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