14 bus drivers in Malaysia arrested for using drugs; apprehended nationwide at bus terminals

Joint inspections were conducted by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).

A composite image of a bus and pills, illustrating drugs
A total of 21,705 PSVs were inspected, leading to the seizure of 32 vehicles and issuance of 1,181 summonses for various offences. (Photo: Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian authorities recently detained 14 public service vehicle (PSV) drivers for suspected drug use in a special operation during the Chinese New Year festive season.

Lokman Jamaan, Senior Director of Enforcement for the Road Transport Department (JPJ), said the drivers were apprehended at bus terminals nationwide during the 21-day operation, which concluded 21 February. Drivers detained were under the influence of substances like methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

"This is a result of joint inspections conducted by JPJ and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK)," Lokman told a press conference in Kuantan. "We will summon the relevant bus companies and submit a full report to the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) for potential action under Act 715."

He added that JPJ would also suspend the licences of the offending drivers under Act 333 once confirmation from AADK is obtained.

Part of an Operation

The special operation, dubbed "Ops KPB", involved collaboration with various agencies like the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, Immigration Department, Forestry Department, Department of Environment, and AADK.

Lokman said a total of 21,705 PSVs were inspected, leading to the seizure of 32 vehicles and issuance of 1,181 summonses for various offences. These included technical violations, lack of proper licences and permits, expired registrations, and using mobile phones while driving.

"We take these violations seriously and will not hesitate to act against companies, owners, and drivers who disregard traffic laws and regulations," Lokman warned. "Continuous enforcement and strict action are crucial to ensure a safer road environment for everyone."

Last year in September, the Johor police arrested 13 commercial lorry drivers after they tested positive for drugs while on duty.

Johor police chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the police inspected 730 vehicles and arrested 15 lorry drivers, with 13 of the drivers tested positive for drug use while the other two were on the police wanted list for criminal and traffic offences.

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