PETALING JAYA: The renewal of public service vehicles and commercial vehicle operators’ licences have been extended between three and five years, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said upon reviewing the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused for the transport industry, he had instructed the relevant agencies under the ministry to review various policies to help industry players.
"The Transport Ministry through the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) has decided to extend the validity of approved operator’s licences for public service vehicles and commercial vehicles to at least three years up to five years," he said in a statement on Friday (May 7).
Previously, Dr Wee said the renewal applications for vehicle licences were typically granted between one and two years, depending on the criteria met.
However, all operators for public service vehicles and commercial vehicles are eligible for the five-year approval if they fulfil all the necessary conditions.
Among them are compliance with safety standards, finances, requirements under the company or Companies Commission of Malaysia, and licensing.
"All applicants must fulfil the stipulated criteria and ensure the relevant documents are complete," he added.
If any of the listed criteria are not met, the Transport Minister said that only a three-year approval will be granted, compared with the previous approval where the validity period of an operator’s licence was only granted with a minimum period of one year.
He stressed that the approval for operators’ licences is also subject to several conditions including that the vehicle’s age must not exceed the permitted limit and the Travel Operating Business and Travel Agency Business licence (if applicable) must still be valid.
The application for the vehicle permit validity period does not need to exceed the operator's licence validity period, he said.
"These criteria are aimed at ensuring the safety of the relevant vehicles, maintaining a high level of service quality for clients, and preserving the image of the industry," added the Transport Minister.
"I hope this policy will allow some breathing room and benefit the industry as a whole. The Transport Ministry will continue to listen to the feedback of industry players in order to improve policies affecting the industry wherever possible," said Dr Wee.