Immediate approval for eligible transport providers under SKDS, says Armizan

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry will provide immediate approvals for complete applications under the Subsidised Diesel Control System (SKDS), which encompasses 33 categories of public and goods land transportation, says Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali.

The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister said the application process is designed to be straightforward and swift, requiring companies to submit minimal information. Verification is done immediately through integration with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) system.

"Eligible companies listed in the 33 types of qualifying public and goods land transportation are encouraged to apply promptly," he said in a statement on Sunday (June 23).

Applications can be submitted through the link, and approval letters will be issued instantly.

He said the successful transport companies could then proceed with fleet card applications from their preferred oil companies using the same system.

Approvals obtained by June 30 will allow transport companies to claim reimbursement for expenses at the subsidised rate through purchase receipts until the transport company receives the fleet card from their chosen oil companies.

In a statement on June 12, the Finance Ministry said reimbursement payments will commence from July for those who register and obtain SKDS approval by June 30. It added that it would announce the procedures for claims and reimbursement soon.

Armizan also reminded approved companies to use the fleet cards strictly for approved vehicles. Any misuse of fleet cards will lead to stringent actions, including the revocation of fleet card approvals for the implicated vehicles.

As of 8am on June 23, the total number of public and goods transport vehicles approved under SKDS stands at 226,957, involving 75,541 companies.

The ministry is currently coordinating appeals from certain transport sectors that wish to join SKDS.

These appeals will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee, which includes various ministries and agencies, before being submitted for consideration by the Cabinet.

The ministry also emphasised that traders, particularly those receiving diesel subsidies through fleet cards, should not raise prices using the new diesel price setting as a justification.

It has mobilised enforcement officers and price monitoring officers nationwide to continue overseeing the prices of goods and services at all levels of the supply chain.

If profiteering activities are detected, the ministry will take firm action under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

Earlier, the ministry had outlined the eligible vehicles under the Subsidized Diesel Control System (SKDS), segmented into three categories: SKDS 1.0, SKDS 2.0 Phase I, and SKDS 2.0 Phase II.

Eligible vehicles include school buses, express buses, shuttle buses, taxi, ambulance, fire trucks, general cargo lorries, and vehicles transporting agricultural products, livestock, and food catering, among others.

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