SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Transport Ministry emphasises that it has not introduced any new conditions or policies for renewal of lorry drivers' licences.
Its minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook (pic) said all conditions and policies, including legal action, currently applicable were stated in the Land Public Transport Act 2010.
He pointed out that there were groups who were deliberately pitting the lorry drivers against one another to the extent of creating confusion and resulting in strikes by lorry drivers recently.
"Actually, what we had implemented all this while were nothing new, all were existing conditions – whether the amount of summonses, carrying excess goods, health check-ups or even the renewal of driving licences – were all under the Land Public Transport Act 2010 which had been approved by Parliament several years ago.
"There are groups who try to influence some lorry drivers for the benefit of certain groups to the extent that confusion occurred and sentiments were raised so that the lorry drivers would go on strike," he said after officiating the closing of the national-level MNSC Robotics Competition here on Saturday (Nov 2).
Loke said the question of reviewing the regulations or policies concerned did not arise.
"This matter is under the jurisdiction of the Road Transport Department (JPJ). I did not give any instruction to JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid. In fact, what is enforced is in accordance with existing laws.
"I have directed the JPJ DG to look at the memorandum sent by lorry drivers while they were on strike and I have asked him to give a briefing to the lorry drivers association," he said.
On Thursday (Oct 31), several groups of lorry drivers held peaceful demonstrations at several locations throughout the country in efforts to urge the Transport Ministry to relax legal action imposed on commercial transportation services.
Besides medical check-ups by doctors for the renewal of Commercial Vehicle licences and Public Transport Vehicle licences, they also urged that consideration be given on the issues of high summonses, overloaded cargo, vehicle inspection, reduction in the time of road blocks and the reduction in demerit points.
About 500 lorry drivers gathered at the grounds of the Transport Ministry in Putrajaya to express their concerns before handing a memorandum to Loke, who was represented by the Director of Enforcement Division of JPJ, Khairul Anuar Bachok. – Bernama