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Saturday December 31, 2011

Licence needed as toll collection is a daily business, says Liu

THE state government will consider making business licences for toll booths a state-wide requirement.

Referring to the new policy introduced by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), state local government, research and development committee chairman Ronnie Liu said MPSJ was reasonable in making the decision.

“Toll collection is certainly a business,” he said.

Subject for discussion: Under a new policy introduced by MPSJ, highway concessionaires are required to apply for business licences for their toll booths at RM1,000 each a year.

He said he would bring up the matter at the next Local Government Standing Committee meeting in January before asking other local councils to follow suit.

In an article published on Dec 28, StarMetro reported that MPSJ would implement a new policy requiring highway concessionaires to apply for business licences for their toll booths at RM1,000 each a year.

It explained that highway concessionaires are collecting toll fare from the public, hence they should be considered business entities which are subject to the Licensing, Trade and Industry Bylaws.

Business licences for toll plaza management and operations offices, which charges based on floor space, also apply.

A fee of RM20 a month for each logo displayed at the toll booths and RM90 a year for premises signboards are also needed.

Four affected highway concessionaires – Litrak, Kesas, Besraya and Plus – said they would refer to the Malaysian Highway Authority for further discussion on the issue.

Meanwhile, state senior executive councillor Teresa Kok said she was not informed of the policy but she believed it was a way to increase the revenue of the local council for its increased expenses.

“MPSJ can use the funds to upgrade infrastructure in the vicinity. Highway concessionaires should contribute so that MPSJ can do more for the people,” she said.

Councillor Tiew Way Keng said the Petaling Jaya City Council had not touched on this subject but she would request the council’s licensing department to study the policy and discuss it at the next licensing committee meeting.

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