Published: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 5:05:00 PM
Updated: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 5:39:16 PM
JPJ reminds bus operators to install seat belts
KOTA BARU: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has reminded bus companies to install seat belts on their newer vehicles to meet safety requirements.
JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Solah Mat Hassan said although the directive was put into place on Dec 26, 2008, bus companies had been given time to implement it.
"Although the wearing of seat belts for passengers is not compulsory, operators must provide them for safety reasons," he said when launching the department's 2013 Chinese New Year road safety operation, here Saturday.
He said the Government had made it mandatory that all buses built after Dec 2008 had to have seat belts, but many passengers refused to wear them.
"To ensure the safety of passengers, every bus must have seat belts and passengers should wear them," he said.
Nevertheless, he said, buses built before Dec 2008 could continue operating, but bus operators must ensure the safety of passengers.
In conjunction with the 2013 Chinese New Year road safety operation, he said, 1,500 personnel would monitor public and personal vehicles on the road.
"A total of 193 'black' locations have been identified and will be controlled with the support of the police. Additionally, 82 depots and 32 bus terminals will also be inspected nationwide." - Bernama