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Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 7:41:25 AM
by martin carvalho, sira habibu, AND ivan loh
PETALING JAYA: Lorry owners have hiked transportation fees by 15%, claiming it is “reasonable and justified”, in spite of the public outcry.
Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association’s (PMLOA) president Jong Foh Ji defended the rise and said they were forced to do so.
“We have been burdened with rising costs of spare parts, tyres, batteries, insurance premiums, and also minimum and worker’s wages over the years.
“The 15% rise is not solely based on the 11% rise in diesel cost but also all other factors,” he told The Star.
He said there had been an in-tense discussion during PMLOA’s central committee meeting on Saturday on the appropriate increase in transportation costs with some members pushing for a higher rate.
“Some members wanted a much higher increase of between 20% and 30% on grounds that operators had been bearing the burden of rising costs for years.
“However, the committee was unanimous in its decision on the 15% rise, which is seen as reasonable and justified,” he said.
He said the increased rates would take immediate effect nationwide with haulage charges based on localities and distances of goods to be transported.
Jong agreed that an increase in transportation cost would have an effect on various sectors such as construction, manufacturing and retail.
Asked to comment on consumer groups objecting to PMLOA’s move, he said it was expected.
“The consumer groups have their part to do and can say what they want.
“We, too, have to do our part and take care of the welfare of our members,” he said.
He said currently transportation charges were not fixed for lorry operators unlike the public transport category under the Land Transport Commission’s (SPAD) jurisdiction.
In December 2011, PMLOA submitted a proposal to the Transport Ministry to increase current transport charge of 16.6 sen per tonne for every kilometre to 31.2 sen per tonne for every kilometre.
The rate for general cargo movers had remained at 16.6 sen per tonne per kilometre since 1958.
Groups slam lorry operators for hike in charges
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