PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has pledged to listen to the views of public transport operators and to cooperate with them wherever possible, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said this following a meeting with a delegation from the Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association (PMBOA) on Thursday (July 2).
"I'm thankful to receive their long-time president Datuk Ashfar Ali, along with the leaders of component associations from all over Malaysia.
"The ministry is ever willing to listen to the public transport operators' view and to cooperate with them wherever possible," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (July 2).
At the same time, Dr Wee said the movement control order (MCO) enforced since March 18 had been tough on the association's members.
He added that the government would try its best to address their concerns during the recovery MCO period.
Dr Wee said to assist them, the Transport Ministry through the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad), had already completed all payments to its members up to February 2020 through the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund.
"We are also currently processing subsequent applications for the fund."
According to Dr Wee, among the issues raised during the meeting was the application of financial aid for bus operators during MCO and post Covid-19 as well as setting reasonable fares.
Also raised was the issue of adjusting the service lifespan of vehicles in line with safety guidelines as recommended by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), Apad, Road Transport Department (JPJ), the computerised vehicle inspection centre (Puspakom) and other relevant bodies.
"We should re-examine the service lifespan of buses in light of new technologies and proper maintenance practices, balanced with the safety and health requirements of passengers and drivers," he added.
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