Yet another express bus crashes, the carnage on the roads and highways of
An express bus plunged into a ravine alongside the Kota Baharu to Kuala Terengganu road early in the morning of 16th April 2008, killing a Thai girl who was pinned underneath the vehicle, police reported.
Terengganu deputy police chief Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman stated that the other 22 passengers, 15 of them Thai nationals, were injured and taken to hospital.
He said the bus was travelling from Rantau Panjang, southwards to Kuantan when it went off the road into the 12.5 metre deep ravine at kilometre 33 of the road at 00:58.
The driver of the bus, Zainal Abidin Mohd Nor, 41, was injured however the co-driver, Wahid Samad, 49, was unhurt, he said.
This CARNAGE WILL CONTINUE, when there is very little, or more often than not ZERO ENFORCEMENT of the roads and highways of
SOME HALF HEARTED ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN, (see below) but it is too little too late, why was this company, and scores of other express bus operators permitted to get away with their irresponsible actions for so long before this?
An inquiry into the case of a bus company responsible for four fatal accidents in the last four months found that it breached many provisions of the Safety, Health and Environment Code of Practice for public transportation.
For the series of offences, the company, 'Konsortium Bas Ekspres Semenanjung' (KBES) can expect their 232 licences - one for each of its buses - to be suspended for at least a month.
Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Noh Omar said today the punishment, likely to be meted out by the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CLVB) soon, would serve as a warning to KBES to buck up and rectify its problems.
(THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING WILL BE WHEN THIS HAPPENS!
MAYBE NOTHING WILL IN FACT BE DONE!
NO ACTION TALK ONLY!)
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"We will call them back after a month to see if they have abided by the laws”.
If they have complied, we will continue to put them under close supervision for two months ... if they fail, they can expect to stop their operations as their licences may be revoked," Noh told a press conference.
KBES chairman Abdul Jalil Maarof was before the board of inquiry for four hours.
This is, perhaps, one small step towards road safety, but there are many big steps still to be taken.
Meanwhile another express crash will happen soon, and more innocent passengers will be killed and injured, watch this space!Quid novi? - What's new?