Sarawak Metro resumes hydrogen bus trial operation

File photo of the hydrogen buses plying the streets of Kuching.

KUCHING, March 9: Sarawak Metro’s hydrogen bus service has resumed its trial operation on March 8 after a two-week suspension following its bus drivers having been exposed to a Covid-19 case.

With the recommencement of the trial operation, the bus service will once again operate the Downtown Heritage Loop including the newly introduced route along Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg which serves passengers to and from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Sarawak Metro explained that the trial operation service was suspended on Feb 21 as part of its precautionary safety measures after its hydrogen bus drivers had close contact with a third-party contractor, who tested positive for Covid-19.

“All of Sarawak Metro’s hydrogen bus drivers had undergone the necessary health screenings and (are) declared free of Covid-19, while the buses had all been sanitised and disinfected,” it assured in a statement today.

Sarawak Metro, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), has also adhered strictly to all the State Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) standard operating procedures (SOPs) since reintroducing the trial operation for the hydrogen buses in September last year.

The hydrogen bus trial operation service was introduced in January last year but had to stop due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) which was enforced in March. In September 2020, the trial operation service resumed.

Apart from the Downtown Heritage Loop, which runs from 7.30am to 5.30pm daily, Sarawak Metro also provides two rides to Damai Central on weekends, at 10am and 2pm, via the Damai Loop.

The public are encouraged to ride on both loops and take advantage of the free service.

Both routes start from the bus stop in front of Riverside Majestic Hotel. — DayakDaily