1. Article: KLCC cabs not under SPAD (Free Malaysia Today, 14 March 2011) – The Land Public Transport Commission has no power over taxis and entrance fees for KLCC as it is private land, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz.
2. Letter: Taiping railway station: Build new station near current site (NST, 19 March 2011) – W.A.R. of Puchong agrees that the old Taiping railway station can be converted to a museum, but argues that the new Taiping railway station should be built at Taiping instead of the proposed site at Pondok Tanjung.
3. Letter: Removing green lung not the way to go (The Star, 14 March 2011) – BK 3 Resident of Puchong comments on the LRT extension.
4. Article: Cost-saving move for taxi drivers (The Star, 14 March 2011) – The Ipoh City Taxi Operators Association are happy now that they finally have government approval to convert their taxis to natural gas vehicles (NGV).
5. Article: Touts call it an ‘extension’ of BTS bus terminal services (Malay Mail, 15 March 2011) – certain public transport touts continue to operate at Bukit Jalil despite the fact that all buses are required to shift to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan. The touts (and the companies they are involved with) are attempting to take advantage of uninformed public transport users.
6. Article: Joint patrols to ensure safety of LRT passengers (The Star, 18 March 2011) – the PDRM and Auxiliary Police will be making increased uniformed patrols of the LRT system. The picture below, from the Malay Mail article on the same subject, shows the Selangor CPO on the Ampang LRT.
7. Article: Driver in express bus crash that killed 10 called to enter defence (The Star, 18 March 2011) – Relates to a crash at KM 280 of the PLUS Highway near Jelapang, Perak on 26 December 2009, that killed 10 passengers.
8. Article: Electric cars to hit the roads by June (The Star, 18 March 2011) – The Road Transport Department is in the process of approving regulations for electric cars.
9. Article: Country’s longest truck unveiled at launch (The Star, 18 March 2011) – The country’s longest truck, at 23m or the length of almost eight Perodua Kancils, is a Scania R 500 “B-Double” transporting LPG cylinders from Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.
The behemoth, powered by a Scania V8 prime mover, has taken over the coveted position from an 18m-long Scania truck which transports Jet A1 fuel for national oil corporation Petronas.
TRANSIT: If the Road Transport Department can allow 18m and 25m long ‘road-trains’ of lorries, they can certainly allow 18m articulated ‘trailer’ (or 24m bi-articulated) buses for mainline bus routes.