Electric bus service in Taiping temporarily suspended

By Zaki Salleh

TAIPING: The hopes of tourists visiting Taiping who wanted to experience riding an electric (EV) bus have been dashed as the service has been temporarily suspended.

Ramlan Razali, a tourist from Rawang, Selangor, said he came to Taiping with his family to walk around and visit interesting places.

This included riding an electric bus, which he found to be an interesting experience.

“Unfortunately, the EV bus service has been temporarily suspended by the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT).

“The electric bus is indeed an attractive facility as it takes us along the Taiping Heritage Trail.

“Maybe I’ll come back another time to experience this,” he said.

Similarly, a visitor from Bukit Beruntung, Syed Mokhtar Syed Ali, mentioned that his wife and children would like to take a ride on an electric bus.

“It was only after our arrival that we learned that EV bus service had been suspended.

“If such information had appeared in the media, perhaps we would have found out about it earlier,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) Facebook page posted that the MPT EV bus service was temporarily suspended on July 3 due to technical disruptions.

However, there is no indication of when the service will be resumed.

Earlier, the MPT EV bus operated on a trial basis for three months from May 1 to July 31 last year. Since August 1, the service has been operating on a paid basis for the general public.

Thanks to this, MPT has become the first local government in the country to own and manage an electric bus.

The bus, fully electric and with a capacity of 22 passengers, was donated by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).