MALACCA: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is expected to reach a decision this week pertaining to an appeal by the Pan-Malaysia Lorry Owners Association to increase the allowed payload.
SPAD’s enforcement division head Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad said SPAD would hold a discussion with Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hasan prior to this.
“The appeal from the association to allow an increase in their payload would be considered during the discussion.
“The association has asked us to exercise more flexibility on the matter,” he said after a dialogue with lorry operators and drivers at Seri Negeri here yesterday.
Some 150 operators and drivers from Malacca attended.
Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and state Transportation, Information, Unity and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Datuk Ghazale Muhamad.
Mohd Ali said the lower payload had affected the revenue of the lorry operators due to stringent enforcement on overloading.
“I also hope SPAD will not act against lorry drivers until a decision on the matter has been reached,” he added.