IPOH: The Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) will lift its freeze on commercial licences in Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang, Negri Sembilan and Johor from Wednesday.
Its chairman, Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar, said applications would be reopened in view of the increasing number of residents in the states. The move would also help the drivers of leased hired cars or taxis.
Lifting the freeze can also help those whose services were terminated due to the economic downfall, he said.
It can also help smallholders facing problems due to falling oil palm and rubber prices, he told reporters after handing Perak hired car licensing approvals to 162 people and six co-operatives here yesterday.
Those interested should fill up the necessary forms and return them before Dec 16.
He also said that owners of commercial vehicles were given until the year-end to display CVLB's short messaging service (SMS) number, 38900, and its hotline, 1-800-889-600 at the back of their vehicles.
Those who fail to do so by Jan 1 next year are liable to a RM300 fine. The SMS and hotline numbers are to help the public to make direct complaints to CVLB if there are problems.
This is to discipline drivers and reduce the accident rate involving commercial vehicles. We are also planning to license all tow trucks so that their numbers could be controlled and service rates could be standardised, he said. Bernama