One-day course to instill a sense of
responsibility amongst express bus drivers is a good move
by John Chung
DAP welcomes the announcement by the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB)
that beginning next year, express bus drivers will be required to undergo a
one-day course conducted by the board to instill a sense of responsibility
among the drivers.
It is high time that such a course be held to educate express bus drivers on
safety driving in view of the increase in the number of accidents involving
express buses. Indeed, express bus drivers have an onerous responsibility to
drive with care as the safety of their passengers rests on their shoulders.
Ideally, such courses should be introduced for all aspiring express bus
drivers, including drivers of other commercial vehicle, so that right from
the outset, they would be inculcated with a strong sense of responsibility
and made to understand the perils of reckless driving as well as mindful of
the grave consequences of accidents involving big vehicles.
Bus companies should also play their part by carefully screening through the
drivers that they employ to ensure that only those who are responsible and
adopt good driving habits are hired. They must also ensure that the express
buses at their disposal are roadworthy.
At the same time, the authorities concerned should put their heads together
to address the ineffectiveness and serious lack of enforcement of the black
box measure to check the problem of speeding amongst express bus drivers, as
a recent operation conducted by the Road Transport Department (RTD) at the
Senawang-Ayer Keroh Highway had revealed that 90% of express and tour buses
had faulty black boxes.
John Chung, DAP National Publicity Bureau