PETALING JAYA: Industry players have given the thumbs up to the Transport Ministry’s move to extend the validity period of their operator’s licence up to five years, saying it will improve efficiency and delivery.
Malaysia Trucking Federation president Datuk Ng Koon Sen said the extension meant industry players could save a lot of time in the preparation of documents.
“Previously, it was time consuming to get all the necessary documents completed to fulfil the criteria for a maximum of a two-year extension.
“When we do not make it, the process of getting the latest documents and conducting due diligence is repeated, and this would go on every one or two years.
“With the extension now, we can save so much time and resources and focus on better service delivery, ” he said yesterday, adding that the federation’s 11 associations and 1,300 trucker members were “very happy” with the latest development.
Association of Malaysia Hauliers president Soo Chee Yeong concurred, saying that the licensing renewal had been a long-standing issue for container hauliers.
“Some of our companies are huge, with thousands of haulage equipment nationwide.
“Often, when we managed to put the renewed commercial vehicle licence for every piece of equipment, it would have been almost a year, and it is time to start another cycle of documentation for another round of renewal, ” said Soo, who is also glad with the increased level of transparency when it comes to the checklist for one to be eligible for the maximum renewal period.
He also thanked Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong for listening to the voices on the ground, adding that this would help make industry players more efficient and effective.