PETALING JAYA: The vehicle age limit of tour buses has been extended to 15 years, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Dr Wee however said this would be subject to several conditions.
He said following discussions with the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad), the condition for the licence was relaxed, with vehicles up to 11 years old eligible for a licence.
He said the licence for vehicles that were 12 years old could also be extended to 15 years subject to conditions imposed.
"Taking into account the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, especially on tour bus operators, the government through Apad and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has agreed to extend the life of the vehicle to 15 years with minimal criteria.
“This includes getting additional approval of the Puspakom VR1 report with an application at any of Apad's offices compared to previously, when bus operators had to go through an appeals process," he said in a Facebook post on Friday (April 9).
"This will hopefully assist the industry players as well as benefit the people and the country," he added.
Dr Wee had earlier launched the 2021 annual general meeting of the Association of Tour Bus Operators of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
He said tourism was among the badly hit sectors as a result of the pandemic, with operators and drivers of tour busses affected.
He said the government always did its best in helping industry players and among the best ways of doing that was simplifying procedures for documentation.
He said this was the reason the government wanted the one-off allocation under the Permai package to quickly reach those who were qualified to receive it.
"They did not have to make any new application or go through a screening. This is the best way to help the rakyat facing difficulties because of Covid-19," he said.