Transport policy aims 40% of public transportation usage by 2030

Presently, only 20% of Malaysians use public transport

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE GOVERNMENT is aiming to achieve 40% of public transportation usage within the next 10 years, in tandem with the National Transport Policy (NTP) 2019-2030.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the previous government had set the target of achieving the same model share by next year.

He said presently, only 20% of Malaysians use public transport, a far cry from the target.

Under the NTP, the government has set specific strategies to deliver an intelligent, connected, convenient and safe public transport system to meet the people’s needs.

“Within this 10-year framework, we hope to achieve more than 40%. I think this is more practical,” Loke said after the launch of the NTP in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The NTP is the national framework to improve the country’s transportation system. The focus is to encourage Malaysians to use public transportation and to increase the efficiency of the country’s various transportation networks.

The framework will also be the guiding principle for future investment in the country’s various transportation and road systems.

The NTP was launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed yesterday. 

Loke said the main focus of the policy will be public transportation.

“We still have a lot of initiatives to ensure that the country’s public transportation mode would be the main choice of the people,” Loke added.

Earlier, Loke described the transportation sector as the backbone of any country. It functions as the enabler to the efficient movement of passengers and goods across borders as well as to reach end-user.

He said the emergence of new and potentially game-changing technologies such as ride-sharing platforms, e-commerce, the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicles would revolutionise the nation’s transportation sector.

Loke said these technologies were introduced at a rapid pace and governments around the world are struggling to adapt to these changes.

However, he said these technologies provide growth for businesses and benefit the society.

“We must encourage appropriate investment into areas such as infrastructure and improve our regulatory frameworks to position Malaysia not only as a regional distribution hub, but also to ensure that the transport sector’s growth is inclusive and accessible to the people,” he added.