Wee: Govt looking to help bus operators

PETALING JAYA: The government is looking at ways to help school bus operators whose businesses were disrupted when the movement control order (MCO) was enforced, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said he understood that the income of about 14,000 school bus drivers were affected as they could not ask parents to pay the monthly charges when schools are closed during the MCO.

“They know it isn’t fair to charge parents when schools are closed even if they have been allowed to discuss the matter with them since 2015, ” he said in an interview on Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara on Thursday.

Dr Wee said many school bus operators may have taken loans from cooperatives and might not be eligible for a moratorium on these loans.

He said the Transport and Finance Ministries are discussing ways to get school bus operators recognised as an informal micro-business and develop a scheme that could help them weather the tough times.

Dr Wee also said the transportation sector would need to get used to operating under “new normal circumstances” after the MCO is lifted.

This could affect flights and even public transport operations as the government plans to continue measures to lessen the transmission of Covid-19.

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