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Smoking, texting bus driver case now with AG’s Chambers, says SPAD

KUANTAN: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has completed its investigation into an express bus driver who was caught on camera using a mobile phone and smoking while driving.

SPAD Enforcement Division head Datuk Che Hasni Che Ahmad said the investigation papers were submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on Tuesday for further action.

“We have recorded the statement from the director of the express bus company, the respective driver and also the complainant. Investigations were completed within 24 hours and we will wait for the next course of action from the AG’s Office,” he told reporters after conducting bus inspections in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year holidays at the Terminal Sentral here last night.

On Monday, two videos of the bus driver were posted by a Facebook user, showing a male driver maneuvering the steering wheel with his left hand as he held a cigarette with his right hand.

A second clip showed the driver holding the phone with both hands while reading the messages and texting.

Meanwhile, Che Hasni said SPAD recorded 20 cases involving lorry and bus drivers during the joint special operation which began on Dec 23 in the east coast region.

“Eleven cases involved lorries while nine involved buses. The offences included overloading and failure to provide proper documents to transport the goods and passengers.

“SPAD will not compromise on the safety of road users and we will continue to conduct scheduled and random checks on lorry and bus drivers,” he said, adding that the special operation was conducted with the cooperation of the Road Transport Department and police.

-NST Online

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