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SPAD - Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat / The Land Public Transport Commission  was officially established on 3 June 2010. 

Following the gazetted Land Public Transport Act 2010, in the Parliment in May 2010. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) takes over the  following functions in Peninsula Malaysia, effective 31 January 2011:

1) Commercial Vehicles (Taxi, Bus and Freight Vehicles) Licensing Board,
2) Department of Railways and
3) the tourism vehicles licensing function (previously under the Ministry of Tourism).

In Sabah and Sarawak, all these functions ramain unchanged with their respective ministry.

In line with one of the National Key Results Areas in the 'Government Transformation Plan' initiated by Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak in 2009. SPAD will play a central role in improving road and rail-based public and freight transport in the country.

The Land Public Transport Act 2010 expressly states that
SPAD shall propose policies and plans in relation to or affecting
Land Public Transport and Develop Strategies,
in line with the approved policies and plans with a view to achieving a safe, reliable, efficient, responsive, accessible, planned, integrated and sustainable land public transport,
while ensuring the provision of 'affordable services for the carriage of passengers' and 'competitive services for the carriage of goods'.