Exemption for lorries ferrying essentials

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  • Sunday, 23 Nov 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Lorries ferrying medical and industrial chemical supplies will be exempted during the four days when heavy vehicles are banned from all roads. 

Also excluded from the ban are those carrying garbage, sewage, airfreight or essential goods. 

The Transport Ministry said in a statement that the Government had received various views and appeals from many parties to reconsider the ban. 

“We have given due consideration to all of these appeals and decided to only give exemption to vehicles in certain categories, specifically those ferrying foodstuff, medical and industrial chemical supplies, airfreight, garbage and sewerage,” it said in a statement here yesterday. 

According to the statement, the ban is only effective in peninsular Malaysia for today, tomorrow, and next Saturday and Sunday.  

Heavy vehicles carrying timber, construction materials such as cement, steel, earth, sand and stones, and cement mixers, cranes and low loaders remain banned. 

Tanker lorries for petrol, diesel, gas and LPG, and container lorries moving to and from ports and airports will be allowed to operate from 6am until 6pm. 

On Friday, Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said lorry operators who needed to transport goods during the four days could still apply for exemption from the ministry and these would be considered if such trips were absolutely necessary. 

The Government had announced the temporary ban last Wednesday as one way of reducing traffic jams and decreasing the possibility of accidents during the Hari Raya holidays. 

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