Mandatory Covid-19 testing for Sandakan mini bus drivers on Monday (Oct 5)

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  • Sunday, 04 Oct 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Mini bus drivers in Sandakan are required to undergo Covid-19 tests at the Sandakan community centre on Monday (Oct 5).

Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung said that the CVLB Sandakan office issued the directive following a request from the Sandakan Health office on Sunday (Oct 4).

“All mini bus operators are required to take the Covid-19 swab test conducted by the Sandakan Health office without fail beginning at 9am on Monday, ” he said.

He advised them to make the necessary arrangements to ensure they are present for the test to avoid action taken against them under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Police Act 1967 and Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

Chin said CVLB Sandakan would also assist mini bus drivers to obtain the MySejahtera QR code for them to monitor their passengers, adding that similar assistance would be extended to taxi drivers and school bus operators.

“There are still some drivers who have yet to register for the QR code, they either did not see the necessity for it or they do not know how to do it. CVLB Sandakan will help them, ” added Chin.

He reminded all passengers, drivers and workers in the public transport sector of the compulsory wearing of face masks, to use hand sanitisers before and after boarding public transport vehicles, observe social distancing and reducing the permissible passenger capacity to 50%.

This includes bus, taxi and e-hailing drivers.

Chin also said that public transport operators must clean their vehicles and facilities after each trip and at the end of operating hours at the terminal or depot and added that symptomatic passengers are not allowed to board public transport vehicles.

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