At the recent UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Montreal, Canada, the Saudi Arabian bus operator SAPTCO (Saudi Public Transport Company) and the French public transport company RATP Dev (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) signed a contract for 242 MAN Lion’s City M city buses. Scheduled for delivery in 2018, these will be the first MAN buses on the roads of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. MAN Truck and Bus' official partner in Saudi Arabia, Haji Husein Alireza & Co Ltd (HHA) managed the entire tender process and will work closely with the customer ensuring the highest standards in quality and safety are met.
Michelin Malaysia has launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of preoccupation with the date of manufacture of the product as numerous research had proven that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Using bananas and its limited shelf life and freshness as an example, Michelin aims to educate motorists that the countdown on the life of the tyre began with the date of fitment and dedication to regular tyre care rather than an overemphasis on the date of manufacture.
Biodiesel is one of the viable substitute for diesel, but implementation comes at a price. Alternative fuel or green fuel has been a hot discussion topic for some time, especially for fleet owners, small businesses and owners alike. It is a viable solution which is proving to be cost effective due to long term savings, plus it is much greener than the regular diesel. It is widely used in countries like Norway, Sweden and Germany, where diesel has been replaced with alternatives such as biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas and propane.
Kuala Lumpur – The Members of Commission, management and employees of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar Syed Jaafar for his leadership spanning seven years shaping the Commission to become what it is today. He retired as chairman effective 3 June 2017.
Handpicked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the Chairman of SPAD in June 2010, Syed Hamid Albar has driven SPAD’s journey in spearheading transformation in the land public transport industry, a critical agenda under the National Transformation Programme.
Under his steadfast leadership, SPAD had successfully developed and launched the National Land Public Transport Master Plan (NLPTMP) and the Greater Kuala Lumpur LPT Master Plan in 2013, which will guide the implementation of initiatives such as macro-level policies, strategies and plans, including major infrastructure investments and regulatory and policy changes for the next 20 years. It was also under his stewardship that various transformative measures for the industry were rolled out such as the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund, the Stage Bus Services Transformation, completion of the LRT Extension Project (LEP), rollout of the Phase 1 of MRT Line 1 and the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme.
Chevron International Pte Ltd, which markets the Caltex brand, has launched a “True Power from Within” promotion for Caltex customers from May 1 to July 31. This is in conjunction with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest film in Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. This promotion covers Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Pakistan.
The biennial Automechanika Kuala Lumpur show – Malaysia’s leading regional trade fair for the automotive service industry targeting trade visitors from ASEAN – was a tremendous success this year. The 10th edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, held 23 – 25 March at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, welcomed 246 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions. This year also saw 5,677 visitors from 71 countries and regions.
Recently, Asian Buses writer Shee Mun had a chance to talk with an enthusiastic bus driver, who has experience in driving both, single-decker and double-decker buses at the Cyberjaya Transport Terminal. Mr Khairulnizam, a passionate and calm bus driver who has almost 10 years experience in the field, is now working with Dedicated Transport System. In this one hour interview, Khairulnizam just cannot hide how much he loves his job as a bus driver.
Shell Lubricants Malaysia has officially launched the Shell Rimula Express workshop network of branded commercial vehicle workshops nationwide.
Selected commercial vehicle workshop owners will have the opportunity to collaborate with Shell, world’s leading lubricant brand for the past 10 consecutive years, when they become part of the Shell Rimula Express network. Through this network, workshop owners will receive support from Shell Lubricants Malaysia to further grow their business. Some of these include exclusive branding that enhances market presence and customer confidence, marketing package and technical support.
From Cambridge to Cape Town, Santiago to Stockholm, more than 25 cities around the world are hosting transport hackathons, with the winners set to meet for a showdown at the upcoming UITP Global Public Transport Summit (15-17 May 2017) in Montréal.
The ‘hackathon,’ a new initiative from the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) foundation Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT), is bringing together computer programmers, designers, developers and more to collaborate on innovative and sustainable solutions to transport problems. Winners from each local hackathon will then compete in the inaugural Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit.
Asian Trucker also met with Ted Göransson to find out more about the investment into the country and how Scania will put it all to good use.
Scania has identified Thailand as one of the key markets in Asia and is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country. A new assembly facility for trucks and bus chassis as well as a manufacturing facility for truck cabs will be established in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, including staff for production, logistics and purchasing as well as research and development. The total investment is EUR 21.2 million and operations are scheduled to start in 2018.