PUTRAJAYA: Individuals who use private vehicles, whether motorcycles or cars, to deliver goods or parcels as part-timers or freelancers will be allowed to continue during the Covid-19 pandemic, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
The decision was to enable part-timers or freelancers to continue their activities to generate income for themselves, he added.
“For businesses involving delivery of goods under categories Lori Pembawa A and Lori Pembawa C, they must have the operator licence, ” he said.
Dr Wee said there was a need for the Transport Ministry (MOT) to study the use of private vehicles for goods delivery by entrepreneurs whose sources of income, particularly those involved in the gig economy, had been compromised due to the pandemic to enable them to sustain their side income and business activities and their families.
“I instructed the MOT and its agencies to study this matter and develop appropriate regulations so that their business activities can thrive in a regulated environment.
“But it will take time for this process to be finalised, ” he said.
Dr Wee said those who already had the operator licence, intermediary business licence or commercial vehicle licence from the Land Public Transport Agency (LPTA) or the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board in Sabah and Sarawak could apply for the special temporary licence (LPS) or temporary conversion of public service vehicles to allow them to use vehicles with the public transport vehicle licence as goods delivery vehicles.
Rules and application methods for the licence could be obtained from the relevant agencies, he said.
Dr Wee also said the third-party food and goods delivery industry had a huge potential to develop and bring about socio-economic benefits to Malaysians, especially those in the B40 group.
“This has become a new normal throughout the movement control order period and is expected to grow rapidly in future, ” he said.
Dr Wee advised those who are self-employed – part-timers or freelancers – to acquire insurance protection under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) and its Self Employment Social Security Scheme, while those who drive must comply with traffic rules at all times. — Bernama
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