GIS – 15 December, 2015: Several measures are being taken/proposed by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport to address the issue of illegal operations in the Transport sector. These comprise the following:
- Amendment of the Road Traffic Act to include the use of a motor vehicle as a bus, contract bus, taxi or contract car without a public service vehicle licence as one of the offences which could lead to the disqualification of the contravenant’s driving licence;
- Publication of the Road Traffic (Control of Contract Cars and Contract Bus Operations) Regulations to provide for contract buses to have labels affixed on the front door and windscreen of vehicles specifying the service authorised under the licence;
- Amendment of the Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Motor Vehicles) Regulations to provide for the registration number and the plates of motor vehicles operating under a public service vehicle licence to be of a different colour from those of a private motor vehicle; and
- Setting up of a fast track desk at the National Transport Authority to deal with disciplinary cases of unlawful operations by licence holders.
Furthermore, a Bus Modernisation Programme is being implemented to encourage the public to make full use of the public transport system and deter travelling in motor vehicles which are not properly licensed.
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