Transport Minister Announces Free Shuttle Bus Fare for the Disabled, Senior Citizens, and School Students

The 'myBAS Concession' program, introduced by Minister of Transport YB Anthony Loke Siew Fook on a Tuesday, falls under the Stop-and-Go Bus Service Transformation Program (SBST), overseen by the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD). This initiative offers free shuttle bus services to cater to the Disabled Persons (OKU) group, senior citizens, and school students aged seven to seventeen.

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Starting from Tuesday, August 15, the program will kick off in SBST Seremban, Ipoh, and Johor Bahru. Anticipated benefits extend to over 2,500 individuals targeted for subsidized travel expenses across the three cities, encompassing a network of 58 routes.

Eligibility for this complimentary fare provision is extended to qualifying Malaysian citizens, including registered OKUs with the Department of Social Welfare (JKM), senior citizens aged 60 and above, as well as schoolchildren aged seven to seventeen within the service coverage areas.

Interested individuals who meet the criteria can initiate their registration process at the myBAS service counters. These counters are distributed across five locations in Seremban, seven in Johor Bahru, and one in Ipoh.

The registration procedure is straightforward, requiring a one-time registration resulting in the issuance of a myBAS pass. However, the pass must be renewed annually to ensure accurate information updates.

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To enhance accessibility for OKUs and senior citizens, efforts will be made to streamline the registration process, potentially eliminating the need for annual card renewals.

The Minister also indicated intentions to gradually expand this initiative to other states. He acknowledged a past lack of uptake by these groups in the three involved states regarding myBAS services. Nonetheless, he expressed confidence that the government's move to offer free fares will encourage a surge in applications.