Bus tickets to all destinations nationwide from Seremban have now been sold out following the Prime Minister’s announcement to lift the ban on interstate travel starting 11 October.
As a result, express bus operators in Negeri Sembilan had to find various alternatives to meet consumer demand in the state.
The President of the Catar Bus Operators Association of Malaysia, Mohd Rofik Mohd Yusoff said that the demand for express bus service is huge after the ban on interstate travel was lifted.
He also explained that the destinations to the East Coast were especially popular and it was out of his expectation.
“Meanwhile, the buses that provide the service and are ready to operate but they are limited to around four trips only.”
“Many were unable get tickets and we are working to provide more buses in the near future.” he said, as reported by Berita Harian.
Besides, Mohd Rofik also said that most operators are facing constraints to resume their operations as most buses were not being used for a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added that it requires high costs to prepare their respective buses, including insurance, make inspections at the PUSPAKOM, changing the tires as well as various other items.
“Operators need to spend an amount between RM10,000 to RM15,000 to get their vehicle ready before they can resume the express bus service.”
“Efforts are being made to ensure that the needs of consumers can be met, but it will take us some time and hopefully by the end of this month.” he said.
In addition, Mohd Rofik said that all operators are required to make preparations, including to sanitise all their vehicles before they start operate.
Recently, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the interstate travel are now allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, as the vaccination rate of the adult population has reach 90%.
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