KUALA LUMPUR - THE bus driver involved in Friday's bus crash that killed seven passengers has held no driving licence for the past 13 years, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

In fact, he had held only a learner licence in 1997. After that, he was blacklisted, Mr Kong told Sin Chew Daily on Saturday.

'What makes me angry is that the bus operator had employed a driver without a licence. This driver must be charged in court and his employer must take full responsibility,' he said, adding that the ministry had constantly advised public transport companies to ensure all drivers had valid licences, were in good health and a clean driving record.

Mr Kong also ordered the Road Transport Department to investigate the track records of the driver and the bus operator and work with other related authorities to take them to court. On Friday night the bus skidded and overturned at KM38 Genting Sempah killing seven and injuring 39 others.

Selangor Public Order and Traffic Chief Supt Che Husin Omar said on Saturday the Road Transport Department (JPJ) had confirmed that the driver did not have a valid driving licence, Bernama reported earlier. 'The driver had initially admitted to police that he had a driving licence but when JPJ conducted a search, it was found that he did not have one,' he told Bernama when contacted here Saturday.

Che Husin said the driver, who suffered a broken right leg and was currently receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, was detained for further investigations. 'He will be investigated under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987, for reckless driving and causing death,' he said.

Bus driver had no licence