Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD)

Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat, abbreviated APAD, is also known as the Land Public Transport Agency in English.

Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD) is an agency under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia handling all matters relating to land public transport and has jurisdiction over Peninsular Malaysia.

The agency is responsible for planning and defining land-based public transport policies, programs and strategies to enhance the country's public transportation system which is the core of the National Key Result Area (NKRA). This includes determining policies and planning rail, bus and taxi services and transporting goods through rails and roads.

Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD) also monitors and regulates the standard of performance of the industry's operators through licensing.


All functions of the Department of Railways (Malay: Jabatan Keretapi Malaysia) have been taken over by APAD which include:
  • Issuance of railway license

  • Approval for opening of railway

  • Periodic inspection

  • Project monitoring

  • Railway protection zone

E-hailing Services

E-hailing regulations came into effect in Malaysia on July 12, 2018 and e-hailing companies or operators were given one year grace period to meet the requirements to obtain and maintain an e-hailing business license (Malay: Lesen Perniagaan Pengantaraan (LPP)).

Business license application requirements for e-hailing operators:
  • Registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) or the Malaysian Cooperative Commission (SKM);

  • Paid-up capital of at least RM100,000;

  • One of the member of the Board of Directors or Cooperative Board must be a Malaysian citizen and be residing in Malaysia; and

  • Comply with other conditions that may be issued from time to time in relation to e-hailing business.

License application requirements for e-hailing drivers:
  • A Malaysian citizen;

  • Aged 21 years and older;

  • Competent Driving License (CDL);

  • No criminal record;

  • Not blacklisted by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) or Road Transport Department (JPJ);

  • No outstanding compound with SPAD or APAD;

  • Undergo and pass a medical check-up;

  • Attend a 6-hour PSV training course;

  • Comply with other conditions that may be issued from time to time in relation to e-hailing business.

Screenshot of the official website of Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD)

The official website of Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD) features:
  • Operators e-Services

  • Rail: Introduction and guidelines

  • Bus: Circulars, application forms and guidelines

  • Taxi: Circulars, application forms and guidelines

  • Freight vehicles: Circulars, application forms and guidelines

  • Tourism vehicles: Application forms, checklist, guidelines and foreign excursion bus

  • Interim Stage Bus Support Fund (ISBSF) eligibility criteria and FAQs

Address:   Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD)
Land Public Transport Agency
Aras G, M dan 20, Menara Tun Ismail Mohamed Ali
No. 25, Jalan Raja Laut
50350 Kuala Lumpur
Phone:   +6(03) 2603 6600
Notes:   Official webpages available in English and Malay versions.

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Guide ID: 3304 - Last Updated: November 21, 2020