Ensure passengers have travel approval, commercial drivers told

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PETALING JAYA: All taxis, rented cars, and e-hailing services must ensure their passengers have the necessary approvals to undertake inter-district or interstate travels, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The Transport Minister said the government had not restricted nor issued any directive to stop public transport services or prohibited them from operating across district or state borders during the movement control order.

However, he stressed that only passengers with the necessary approvals were allowed to make those journeys.

He said during the MCO, taxis, rented cars, and e-hailing services were allowed to fully operate as they fall under the category of essential services, and were also allowed to cross districts and state borders as permitted under the commercial vehicles category.

“Taxi, car-rental, and e-hailing drivers must carry a copy of the proper documents, be it in hardcopy or softcopy as proof for drivers to use after dropping their passengers off at destinations across district or state borders, ” Dr Wee said in a statement yesterday.

He said this was to prevent irresponsible parties from making unauthorised attempts to cross borders by taking advantage of the allowance for public transport services to operate inter-state.

“This will defeat the government’s efforts to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said.

He said his ministry had received complaints from taxi drivers that they were detained and questioned by enforcement officers at roadblocks when making their way home after ferrying passengers across district or state borders during the MCO.

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