PETALING JAYA: Bus and lorry operators have slammed the proposal requiring them to renew their licences annually, saying it will be unfair to punish transportation companies for offences committed by drivers.
Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said the wrong party was being punished, adding that the authorities should go after errant drivers.
“If they cancel our licence, the livelihood of everybody in the company will be affected. If you revoke the licence of the driver, he can still work elsewhere,” he said.
He said the move would also make it hard for companies to secure financing to buy vehicles.
“Once permits are cancelled, who will bear the hire-purchase commitments?” he asked.
Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Noh Omar had said that the Commercial Vehicle Licencing Board (CVLB) was studying the proposal for annual renewal of licences instead of the current five to seven years.
He said the move would help keep tabs on unpaid summonses, because companies would have to settle the penalties before renewing their licences.
Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said offences were committed by the drivers and not the transportation companies.
Er said it would also greatly inconvenience operators because it took about six months to renew.
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