MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MTBM) has signed an agreement with MARA Liner Sdn Bhd, to expand the existing fleet of myBAS Perlis as well as provide quality after sales service.
The new MAN buses are based on the MAN 14.280 HOCL two-axle chassis which was produced in cooperation with a local body manufacturer.
myBAS Perlis is part of the Stage Bus Service Transformation Program enforced by Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to provide better access to urban and rural communities.
The service commenced operations in 2015 and to-date covers six trunk routes and four feeder routes, carrying an average of 1,200 passengers daily.
The signing ceremony between MTBM and MARA Liner and the handover of the 27 units of MAN A80 City buses were held at MARA Liner Perlis.
The MAN A80 City bus for myBAS Perlis, powered by a 280hp diesel engine, has a low entry design, making it easy for passengers to board and exit, and can carry up to 41 passengers.
It is also designed to be environmentally friendly with low fuel consumption and low noise emissions.
“The efficient fuel consumption and low life-cycle costs of MAN buses are among the main deciding factors for us when it comes to the vehicle of choice for the fleet expansion of myBAS Perlis.
We are looking forward to an ongoing fruitful partnership with MAN, in enabling us to increase the quality of our service and create added value for our customers,” said MARA Liner Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Zahrail Affenday bin Mohamed.
As part of the five-year contract with MARA Liner, MTBM will also provide technical competency and knowledge transfer to MARA Liner Service Centre in Alor Setar through various train-the-trainer apprenticeship programs.
Both MARA Liner Service Centres in Alor Setar and Kuantan are MTBM’s appointed service dealers.
The partnership will also enable MTBM to provide more efficient and faster response to customers when it comes to after sales service and maintenance, via the MARA Liner network.