“Autonomous Vehicle Asia is a conference that brings together top tier OEM, policy makers, government agencies and technology providers in Asia, and establishes a forum of forward-looking discussions and sharing,” said Hanming Wang, Head of Growth, Cyanogen Inc after the 2018’s Autonomous Vehicles & Electric Vehicles Conference.
To enhance commuters' travelling experience, SBS Transit will equip its buses with Wi-Fi from February 2019. This will be enjoyed by commuters travelling in areas like Bukit Merah, HarbourFront and Shenton Way, on bus services number 5, 16, 57, 93, 120, 121, 122, 123/123M, 131/131M, 145, 160, 170, 195, 198, 272, 273, 400 and 402.
Tragedies involving express buses are constantly on the rise especially during festive seasons and school holidays. We constantly hear of the government’s promise to research on ways to reduce the fatality rate involving express buses but those remain empty promises. On the 20th of November 2018, Transport Minister, Anthony Loke announced that beginning 2019, all express buses will have to be installed with surveillance cameras and seatbelts.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) recently announced the final dates that it will accept license applications at its office. This includes applications for vehicle license/permit, modification of Application Approval Letter (STK) and various other applications. This is following the dissolution of SPAD and the establishment of the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) next year. APAD will commence operations on January 1, 2019.
Safety inserts of the primary air filter are often not replaced to save some extra money. This can be a rather costly saving. Safety inserts are a second stage filter with less filtration efficiency than the primary air filter. Germany filtration specialist Hengst has some valuable tips for anyone handling airfilters:
The safety insert is placed inside your primary and functions simply as a back up to protect your engine…
It has been confirmed that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will take over the GoKL free bus service from the Transport Ministry on January 1. It was earlier reported that Transport Minister Anthony Loke was mulling over this takeover.
MyKad, MyKid and MyTentera card holders can now enjoy a 30-day unlimited travel pass for Rapid KL bus services, as part of the 2019 Budget. It was announced at the tabling on November 2, where RM240 million was allocated to boost public transport usage.
The Malaysian Finance Ministry has granted an exemption of the Sales and Service Tax (SST) for the purchase of locally assembled buses to bus operators with valid permits. The decision was made after the Bus Operators Association submitted their appeals to the ministry some time back.
In the light of the first electric, open-top double-decker sightseeing bus in London, according to Ralf Arnold, Managing Director of Ziehl-Abegg Automotive, “electromobility is making quiet but inexorable progress”. The bus operator “The Original Tour”, a subsidiary of the international RATP Group. The double-decker was built at Unvi in Spain, the motor comes from Ziehl-Abegg in Kupferzell (Germany).
Unvi is the world's largest manufacturer of city tour buses with a reputation for custom-built vehicles. The Spaniards have chosen experienced component manufacturers as partners: BMZ for the batteries, Ziehl-Abegg Automotive for the powertrain and SAV Studio for the system integration.
Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke had suggested that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) takes over the GoKL free bus service when the contract with the current GoKL operator, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), ends on December 31.
GoKL costs around RM12 million per year to run the service and as part of the government’s rationalisation efforts, Loke said the government hoped to channel those funds to subsidise bus services in other states that need public transport, especially bus.
“DBKL is a local authority with financial resources, so we hope they can take over the GoKL service and allow us to use those resources to fund public transportation services in other states,” he said on October 18.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said his Ministry will consider Loke's suggestion. GoKL has an average daily ridership of 65 000 passengers with 40 buses serving its four lines. The Purple and Green Lines were introduced September 2012 while the Red and Blue Lines started in May 2014. The current fleet consists of Scania K-series and Alexander Dennis Enviro200s which entered service in 2015. Normally the Enviro200 will serve the Blue Line and the Red Line while the Scania K-series buses will serve the Green Line and the Purple Line, though the Scania K-series buses might serve the Blue Line and the Red Line as well.
Based on a survey last year, 60 percent of GoKL users are locals while the remaining 40 percent are foreign workers and tourists.
Puspakom Sdn Bhd recently announced the introduction of its online booking and payment system for vehicle inspection services called ‘MyPuspakom’. The system was introduced in August last year and currently has according to the company, more than 86 000 registered users.