Published: Tuesday February 12, 2013 MYT 6:40:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 12, 2013 MYT 6:45:47 PM
Five express bus drivers detained for being under influence of drugs
BESUT: Five express bus drivers were detained for being under the influence of drugs during the nationwide operation in conjunction with the Chinese New Year this year.
Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general Datuk Seri Solah Mat Hassan said two of the drivers were detained in Perak, two in Kedah while another in Johor between Feb 3 and midnight Monday.
"They are currently banned from driving for the safety of the passengers," he told reporters when met during a ground operation at KM81 Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kota Baharu near Kampung Anak Ikan here Tuesday.
Solah said the operation, which was mounted by the RTD with the cooperation from the National Anti-Drug Agency, focused on all 32 main bus terminals nationwide and involved 1,500 RTD personnel, with some posing as passengers.
Solah said apart from the express bus drivers, six car drivers, 14 motorcyclist and five pillion riders were also tested positive for drugs.
Most of them were detained in Kedah, Selangor and Pahang.
During the operation, 50,222 vehicles were inspected, 7,530 summonses and 4,654 other notices were issued, and 203 vehicles were seized, he said.
In the special motorcycle operation, a total of 3,306 out of 9,168 motorcycles inspected were found to have committed various traffic offences.
Overall, Solah said he was satisfied with this year's operation as the death toll and number of accidents involving express buses had showed a steep decline.
"Ever since the operation began on Feb 3 and ended at midnight on Monday, no accident involving an express bus was reported across the country.
“This is indeed something to be proud of," he added. - Bernama