Ageing public transport vehicles get one-year extension, says Transport Ministry

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. - Filepic/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has announced an automatic one year extension of the vehicle age limit for public service vehicles in a bid to aid the public transport sector.

This would include vehicles that have reached their maximum vehicle age limit as stipulated in their respective permits or licenses.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the decision to grant this extension was made with the understanding that many drivers and operators would face great difficulties in replacing their vehicles during this challenging time.

Dr Wee added that this was a way to assist the public transport industry, particularly those operating or driving taxis, school buses, and tour buses, to weather the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Any public service vehicle that has or will reach its respective permitted age limit between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2021, will be granted an automatic one-year extension for the vehicle’s licensing purposes.

"This also includes those that had been granted a prior extension in 2020.

"However, this extension is only eligible for vehicles that have undergone and passed the Puspakom vehicles inspection process to ensure their roadworthiness and safe operation," he said in a statement on Monday (July 12).

Dr Wee said added that all public service vehicles classes under the purview of the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad), and the respective Commercial Vehicle Licensing Boards of Sabah and Sarawak are eligible for this extension.

The ministry's decision regarding this extension for tour or excursion buses has also been made in coordination with tour operator licensing and tour or excursion bus licensing in Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan requirements under the purview of the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry.

This decision was made following consultations and engagements between the ministry and the industry’s representatives and associations, said Dr Wee.

They include the Federation of School Bus Associations Malaysia, Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Association (PMBOA), Persatuan Pengusaha Bas Persiaran Semenanjung Malaysia (PPBPSM), Gabungan Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (GTSM), Koperasi Melayu Teksi Pulau Pinang, Persatuan Teksi India Wilayah Persekutuan, and Persatuan Kereta Sewa Hulu Selangor.

"The ministry remains committed to the feedback from transport industry players who are affected by the pandemic as public transport remains an essential mode of transport for many people.

"We hope that this automatic extension of the vehicle age limit for one year will bring some relief to the industry as companies focus on recovering to become competitive again to serve the public," he said.

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