New body to act on transport plan
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A NEW government body will be established to carry out the new Land Transport Master Plan. The Transport for Brunei Authority will act as the executive agency to ensure the plan’s objectives are met.
During the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) forum on the master plan, a team of four consultants said the agency would ensure resources are efficiently and effectively deployed in reforming the sultanate’s land transport system.
The master plan was released after a two-year study by a research team set up under CSPS, which consisted of consultants from SQW China Limited and Atkins International. The consultants were Gary Ho, Jonathan Spears, Cameron MacDonald and Franki Li.
With a new public transport systems that includes a bus rapid transit system and new taxi franchise, the Transport for Brunei Authority would be responsible in maintaining and sustaining most of the master plan’s strategies.
The current system sees several government bodies responsible for separate transportation processes such as licensing under the Land Transport Department and road planning under the Public Works Department.
Once the Transport for Brunei Authority is formed, it would combine all the functions that are under separate government bodies into an integrated transport system, the consultants said.
Several departments under the new executive agency would be introduced such as the Department of Bus, Department of Taxi, Department of Water Transport, Department of Green Vehicle Technology and the Department of Parking.
The consultants said the Transport for Brunei Authority would also be responsible for future road design, road construction, public transport infrastructure, vehicle inspection and licensing, and transport management plans.
The Brunei Times