KUALA LUMPUR: Lorry operators have been advised to be more efficient and to better manage their companies instead of passing the cost to consumers by raising transport rates.
Parliamentary secretary to the Transport Ministry Datuk Donald Lim said operators must learn to better manage themselves in situations caused by uncertain markets instead of raising the rates as an immediate reaction to oil price increases.
“The Government can set ceiling prices for them but it is better for them to strengthen their management skills which will help the operators prepare for challenges posed by Asean Free Trade Area (Afta),” he told a press conference after a prize presentation ceremony for a calligraphy competition organised by the Kojadi Institute yesterday.
However, Lim said, the ministry was prepared to meet with the operators to hear their demands following the fuel price increase, which came into effect yesterday.
“The prices are also dependant on market forces and due to competition, the operators will come to an equilibrium, sometimes not even following the ceiling prices,” he said.
He added that the price rise was due to the uncertain situations faced by major oil producers in the Middle East.
He was asked to comment on the reaction of several lorry operators who stated that the recent rise would result in increased operational costs.
On several technical glitches at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport baggage system, he said the problem had already been sorted out.
Lim added that problems reported were due to mechanical reasons.