An initiative under the UPT (National Key Result Area Urban Public Transport) NKRA, ISBSF was established to improve the quality of bus services and encourage people to use buses as an effective mode of transportation. This initiative acts as a temporary measure to help stop-and-go bus operators affected by rising operating costs especially on social (or less profitable) routes.
Through the provision of these funds, APAD will be able to ensure the continuous operation of these routes by operators as well as improve the quality of existing bus services and encourage more passengers to use buses.
Since January 3, 2012, the government has spent a total of more than RM400 million to assist stop-and-go bus operators who are ready to continue their services on social routes. In 2020, a total of 51 stop-and-go bus operators have benefited from this ISBSF which involves 328 routes in Peninsular Malaysia.
The objective of the ISBSF is to cover shortcomings in the daily operations of stop-and-go bus operators to ensure continuity of service. Second, the fund encourages stop-and-go bus operators to activate routes that have been terminated, and encourages operators to improve service quality by increasing travel frequency and improving bus conditions.