KUALA LUMPUR: Transport operators should plan carefully and ensure deliveries are done before the four days when heavy vehicles are temporarily banned from all roads, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
If there are important deliveries to be made, they should make it within the few days before the ban is effective, he said. He was asked to comment on the Transport Ministrys announcement that lorries over five tonnes would be banned from all roads on Nov 23, 24, 29 and 30 to reduce accidents and fatalities during the Hari Raya holidays.
However, exemptions have been granted to lorries carrying foodstuff, and gas and petrol tankers which would be allowed to travel during certain hours.
Speaking to reporters after a visit to the Selayang Market here to check on price-controlled items yesterday, Muhyiddin said lorry operators who felt that the decision could adversely affect them should voice out.
Pan-Malaysia Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said his association was agreeable to keeping lorries off all roads for the four days.
However, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Lorry Operators Association secretary-general Alvin Choong said members proposed that heavy vehicles should only be banned on the highways and not all roads.
A transport company owner in Port Klang, Er Kwee Yeow, said: Some of us are dealing with multinational corporations and our contracts with these firms insist there should be no disruption in the supply of materials to their manufacturing plants.