Help for transport industry

PETALING JAYA: The validity of public service and commercial vehicle operators’ licences has now been extended to at least three years, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The Transport Minister said upon reviewing the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused for the transport industry, he instructed the relevant agencies under his ministry to review various policies to help industry players.

“In this regard, I am pleased to announce that 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, and up to five years, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Previously, renewal applications for vehicle licences were typically granted for periods of between one and two years, depending on the fulfilment of requirements.

Operators of public service and commercial vehicles are eligible for five-year approvals if they meet the most stringent requirements related to safety (such as having GPS installed), financial reporting standards, corporate governance requirements of the Companies Commission of Malaysia, among others.

“All applicants shall fulfil the stipulated criteria and ensure that all relevant documents are complete, ” he added.

If any of the listed criteria is unmet, the Transport Minister said, a three-year approval will be granted, compared to the previous approval regime where the validity period granted was only for a year.He stressed that the approval for an operator’s licence was also subjected to several conditions, including the vehicle’s age, as well as the validity of the Travel Operating Business and Travel Agency Business licence (where applicable).

Applications for the vehicle permit validity period also cannot exceed the operator’s licence validity period, he said.

“These criteria are aimed at ensuring the safety of the vehicles, maintaining a high level of service quality for clients, and preserving the image of the industry, ” added Dr Wee.

“I hope that this policy will allow some breathing room and benefit the industry as a whole. The ministry will continue to listen to the feedback of industry players in order to improve policies affecting the industry, ” he said.

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