Prasarana introduces accessible buses for people with disabilities in Kuala Lumpur
Asia-Pacific, September 20 2011
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Public transport in Malaysia is now more convenient for people with disabilities with the introduction of disabled friendly buses that are equipped with facilities for people with disabilities.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group director for infrastructure division, Nor Hassan Ismail said the company had purchased 150 buses from Germany that are designed to enable people with disabilities to board and disembark without having to assisted.
“The buses are provided with special seat belts and also ramps to enable people on wheelchairs to board and disembark without assistance,” he told reporters after launching the buses in Cheras here today.
He said initially the buses would be plying various routes in the city. Meanwhile, Mohd Ihsan Abdul Karim, 24, who was on a wheelchair said the new bus was more disabled friendly compared with the existing ones and suitable for people with disabilities.
He was confident that the introduction of the buses by Prasarana would encourage handicapped people to use public transport without seeking the help from others.
“In the past, whenever I travel on buses using the wheelchair, I will have to seek help from others but with these buses fitted with ramps, I can do it by myself.
“If ramps and seat belts are not allocated to us, there might a risk involved but since the new buses are fitted with the necessary facilities, it will be a big help to people like me and others like me,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to MAN Truck & Bus (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Michal Luberadkzi, the company that manufactures the buses said apart from the disabled friendly features, each bus was also equipped with CCTV to reduce crime and to make passengers feel more secured and comfortable.