Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke had suggested that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) takes over the GoKL free bus service when the contract with the current GoKL operator, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), ends on December 31.
GoKL costs around RM12 million per year to run the service and as part of the government’s rationalisation efforts, Loke said the government hoped to channel those funds to subsidise bus services in other states that need public transport, especially bus.
“DBKL is a local authority with financial resources, so we hope they can take over the GoKL service and allow us to use those resources to fund public transportation services in other states,” he said on October 18.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said his Ministry will consider Loke's suggestion. GoKL has an average daily ridership of 65 000 passengers with 40 buses serving its four lines. The Purple and Green Lines were introduced September 2012 while the Red and Blue Lines started in May 2014. The current fleet consists of Scania K-series and Alexander Dennis Enviro200s which entered service in 2015. Normally the Enviro200 will serve the Blue Line and the Red Line while the Scania K-series buses will serve the Green Line and the Purple Line, though the Scania K-series buses might serve the Blue Line and the Red Line as well.
Based on a survey last year, 60 percent of GoKL users are locals while the remaining 40 percent are foreign workers and tourists.
Puspakom Sdn Bhd recently announced the introduction of its online booking and payment system for vehicle inspection services called ‘MyPuspakom’. The system was introduced in August last year and currently has according to the company, more than 86 000 registered users.
Diesel Technic recently presented many highlights at Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 under the motto "Expand your Business". Among other things, the focus is on the new product searches in the Partner Portal and on the new websites.
A lot has changed on the company website (www.dieseltechnic.com) and the brand websites for DT Spare Parts (www.dt-spareparts.com) and SIEGEL Automotive (www.siegel-automotive.com). The three websites have been completely revised and are up-to-date in terms of technology and content in a responsive design that automatically adapts to the respective end device, whether smartphone, tablet or PC.
The Singapore Management University's Institute of Service Excellence (ISE) recently conducted a survey and found that commuters in the Lion City are more satisfied with buses than trains.
Public buses scored 65.6 points over 100, while the MRT scored 63.6 points in the land and air transport Customer Satisfaction Index of Singapore, where over 6 200 people were surveyed.
ISE executive director Neeta Lachmandas cited initiatives like the Bus Service Enhancement Programme for this outcome. The programme introduced 1 000 new buses and 80 new bus services between 2012 and 2017 to reduce waiting time and crowds on buses during peak periods.
For public buses, SMRT Buses scored the highest, with 67.3 points, followed by SBS Transit with 65.2 points. The other operators were ranked together, with a score of 63.4 points. A Public Transport Council survey of more than 5 000 commuters last year also noted greater satisfaction with buses than trains.
The #mydigitalmaker bus is hitting the roads around Peninsular Malaysia to meet some 100 000 students in rural areas. Its aim is to spread awareness about the #mydigitalmaker initiative, which gives exposure to the youth about careers in this digitally connected era. This movement is a collaboration between the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and PINTAR Foundation, with support from the Education Ministry, where the focus is not only on digital content consumerism, but on digital-making as well.
Big Bus Tours, the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours, has expanded into South East Asia with its acquisition of the Singaporean Duck & Hippo tour company.The global company has taken over the seven sub-brands previously owned by the Duck & Hippo group namely Original Tour, Hippo Bus, Singapore 7 Sightseeing, Singapore Trolley, City Sightseeing and SIA Hop On.
The Malaysian Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, Chong Chieng Jen, urged the Sarawak state government to reconsider its decision to provide hydrogen fuel cell buses as a form of public transportation in the city, citing that hydrogen technology for vehicles has yet to mature.
In a statement issued today, Prasarana said the three-man executive team had been appointed by the Ministry of Finance to undertake changes in the organisational structure and turnaround the asset owner and operator of public transport systems and services in major cities in Malaysia.
The progress of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak has opened up a potential for Scania Malaysia to grow in the state, as it will increase the movement of goods and people. As a preparation, Scania is ensuring that services and support are in place for its customers in Sarawak while ensuring that drivers are trained to achieve the best fuel economy, safety and performance.
Scania buses are the first choice for east coast tour bus operator, Agensi Pelancungan & Adik Beradik Sdn Bhd in Kuala Terengganu, who received the keys to 13 new coaches on August 13. The handover was held at the Scania Kuala Terengganu service facility in Gong Badak and officiated by Scania Southeast Asia Sales Director Daniel Tan. Receiving the keys was Adik Beradik Managing Director Ariffin Daud.
Two major express bus operators in Kota Bharu – Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad & Tiara Pesona Sdn Bhd – have signed purchase agreements with Scania Malaysia to facilitate the expansion of their respective fleets with Scania coaches.
The signing ceremony was held at the Scania Malaysia Kota Bharu service facility with Konsortium E-Mutiara’s Managing Director Haji Che Ibrahim B. Che Ismail and Tiara Pesona’s Chief Executive Officer Wan Mohd Nur Faiz Hilmi B. Wan Hamat together with Scania Southeast Asia Services Director Thor Brenden.