‘Bus-Chased’ to ‘Bus-ted’

So, its no wonder that I was being chased by that SKS bus on the PLUS highway yesterday morning. In reality, based on the report below, the scenario is a lot lot worse!

Six held for drugs, 117 summonses issued in op,/h3>

PUTRAJAYA: It’s been barely 24 hours since the start of Ops Bersih and the authorities have already arrested a driver and his co-driver for testing positive for drugs while driving an express bus.

They also issued 117 summonses for various traffic offences, including one to a driver who was supposed to be under suspension because he had accumulated more than 15 Kejara demerit points.

On top of that, a lorry driver was arrested for carrying 50kg of ketum while three passengers in an express bus were detained for testing positive for drugs.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement chief Salim Parlan said these were the first successes as more than 680 buses and lorries were inspected at 15 locations nationwide.

Among the summonses issued were for permit violation (49 offences), absence of co-driver (10), violation of driving licence (18), overloading (45) and technical offences such as having bald tyres and faulty brakes (32).

The driver and co-driver who tested positive for drugs were arrested during operations at the Juru toll plaza in Seberang Perai.

The driver who tested positive for drugs was also supposed to have been suspended for having more than 15 demerit points. And he was behind the wheel of a bus which had 77 summonses for speeding.

The bus, owned by one of the largest express bus companies in the country, left the Sungai Nibong bus terminal on Penang island at 10.30am with 27 passengers and was stopped about 45 minutes later.

With both the driver and co-driver arrested, the bus was grounded and passengers had to wait for an hour for a replacement bus.

Salim said that another driver who was driving despite his licence being suspended was caught at the Sungai Besi toll plaza in Kuala Lumpur.

Tourists in the bus had to wait until a substitute driver was sent, he added.

Salim said three bus passengers were arrested after testing positive for cannabis and morphine at the Senawang rest area during random sampling on Wednesday.

“It was easy for the narcotics police to do urine tests on the spot as the operations were at rest areas and toll plazas where there are toilets,” he said.

Salim said additional locations for spot checks were set up to catch as many culprits as possible.

The locations included the Jalan Duta and Gombak toll plazas and at bus terminals in all major towns.

The JPJ and the police are among five agencies involved in the joint Ops Bersih, which was launched on Wednesday and will go on until the end of the Hari Raya holidays to bring to book errant commercial vehicle drivers throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

The other agencies involved are the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Puspa-kom and Immigration Department.

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