PUTRAJAYA: Food truck owners will need to comply with new fire safety rules to protect their businesses from fire-related accidents, says the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek said food truck fires could potentially cause big losses in property and lives if preventive steps are not taken.
“Food trucks are usually parked in a certain area and attract many people just like how a night market would, so it is timely that the Fire and Rescue Department has issued safety rules for food truck operators, ” he said when launching the guidelines at the department’s main headquarters here Thursday (Sept 26).
He said there had been a total of nine food truck fires nationwide from 2017 up until August this year with three recorded in 2017, two last year and four so far this year.
There were no casualties.
Among the fire safety measures are ensuring generator sets are placed away from gas cylinders and the use of gas regulators to prevent leaks.
“I understand this was not done in the past so there was an even higher risk of a fire, ” Mohammad said.
He said the Fire and Rescue Department will be carrying out awareness campaigns on the new rules to encourage food truck operators to include fire safety features on their trucks.
The campaign will be carried out together with relevant agencies including the Road Transport Department as well as the Health and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministries.
“We are also looking to get food truck groups or associations to raise awareness on these rules as we work to improve them. Meeting measures in the guidelines could also be among the criteria to get their business licences approved, ” he said.