MIRI: Cargo transporters in Sarawak are fuming over a move by the Road Transport Department to implement two new road permit regulations which they say are unreasonable and hastily enforced.
The 2,000-member Sarawak Transporters Association has sent an official letter to the Transport Ministry to protest against the recently-introduced regulations one which makes it mandatory for vehicles to have an imprinted code of manufacturer label on their body and the other which compels all cargo transporters to fix a standard set of reflectors on their vehicles.
The association has appealed to Miri MP Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, who is Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, to bring up its case with the ministry.
Yesterday, Chin forwarded the letter to Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah.
Chin said some cargo transporters in Sarawak could not renew their permits because they did not comply with the new requirements.
Many of these cargo transporters had imported their vehicles from overseas, which did not carry a code of manufacturer. These transporters are in a dilemma because the JPJ refuses to renew their permits without this code.
The association also complained about the reflectors requirement because installing a set per vehicle costs over RM1,000. And the operators must buy them only from Puspakom.
The association said that these new rulings were unreasonable and that the JPJ had enforced them without giving any prior warning or grace period to comply, said Chin yesterday.
He urged the JPJ to be reasonable when enforcing new measures.