Public transport is only allowed within district
Published on: Thursday, January 14, 2021
By: The Star
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Kota Kinabalu: Public transport in the State is only allowed to operate within a district during the current Movement Control Order (MCO), says Sabah Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB).

Its Chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung (pic) said there was still some confusion among inter-district public transport operators over whether they could still provide services outside the district.

“Public transport providers can only operate from 5am to 9pm within their respective districts and they must observe social distancing and other SOP to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“Public buses and school buses are only allowed 50pc of their passenger capacity at any one time while taxis and e-hailing services are allowed to take two passengers at any one time.

“All inter-district public transport like express buses are not allowed during the two-week MCO that began on Wednesday,” he said.

Chin urged all public transport operators to observe the SOP in their operations to assist the government’s efforts to check the spread of Covid-19 spread.

Meanwhile, owners of commercial vehicles are not required to request for an endorsement letter from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO), said MOT Wednesday.

“Restrictions will not be placed on commercial vehicles operating during the MCO,” it said in a statement.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (Jan 11) announced that the MCO would be enforced in six states - Penang, Selangor, the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah – from Jan 13 until Jan 26.

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), meanwhile, is implemented in Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan, while Perlis and Sarawak are placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) for the same period.

MOT said owners of commercial vehicles only needed to produce the verification letter from their employers when requested by enforcement personnel and special lanes would be designated at all roadblocks for them.

For other logistics companies, such as freight forwarders and warehouse operators that are registered with an association, MOT said, an endorsement from MOT could be obtained from their respective associations.

“This letter must be shown together with proof of membership in the association when requested by enforcement personnel at roadblocks,” it said.

For companies that are not registered under any association or non-governmental organisation, an endorsement letter can be applied at https://application.mot.gov.my/.

MOT also advised public transport users to comply with the related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines as announced by the National Security Council (NSC), practice physical distancing, and maintain good hygiene as preventive measures to ward against Covid-19 transmission.


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