Lorry operators can seek exemption

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Nov 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Lorry operators who need to transport goods during the four days when heavy vehicles are banned from all roads can apply for exemption from the Transport Ministry. 

Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said such applications would be considered and exemption would be granted if such trips were absolutely necessary. 

He added that exemptions had already been granted to food and livestock lorries to allow them to make return journey after delivering their goods. 

“The livestock transport operators have appealed to me saying that they needed to return immediately after their delivery, so we granted them an exemption. 

“However, they must prove to us by producing an invoice,” he told reporters after paying a surprise visit to Wangsa Maju Road Transport Department (JPJ) office here yesterday. 

Heavy vehicles will be banned from roads tomorrow and Monday and the following Saturday and Sunday after Hari Raya. 

Smaller vehicles transporting various goods are subject to restricted operating hours. 

At a later function, Chan said lorries transporting newspapers from their printing plants would also be exempt. 

The Air Freight Forwarders Association of Malaysia said the ministry had granted an exemption to lorries carrying airfreight cargo. 

It said it was informed of this decision through a letter from the ministry yesterday.  

In a statement, the JPJ pointed out that apart from timber lorry and cement mixer, lorries carrying construction materials like cement, steel, earth, sand etc, crane and low loader were also banned from all roads during the four days. 

Tanker lorries (petrol, diesel, gas and LPG), container lorries moving to and from ports and airports will be allowed to operate only between 6am and 6pm on the affected days. 

Lorries carrying both processed and unprocessed foodstuff will be allowed to operate at night between 8pm and 6am and small lorries transporting daily needs with laden weight below five tonnes will not be affected by the ban.  

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