KUALA LUMPUR: A one-stop authority to look into land transport matters should be set up immediately.
Transport industry players said the authority should have powers to plan and implement policies while the Transport Ministry should look into the issuance of licences and enforcement.
Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said: "We are all for it because we will then be able to complain directly to the prime minister's office."
He said such an authority would end their dealings with "little Napoleons" and also reduce red tape.
At present, land transport matters are handled by Road Transport Department, Road Safety Department, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Customs Department, International Trade and Industry Ministry and Works Ministry, among others.
Road transport expert Prof Rehan Karim agreed that this one-stop authority should be set up immediately.
"The government has taken its first step by placing CVLB under the PM's office. Now, the next immediate move should be to set up the authority."
He said the authority would end the "running around" by those seeking permits. It will also stop various agencies from pointing fingers at one another when something untoward happens.
However, he said the main player in the authority should still be the Transport Ministry.
An industry player said the Customs Department, in charge of vehicles entering the country, and the International Trade and Industry Ministry could also be represented in the authority.
"This will keep others informed on how many cars are entering the country and how many Approved Permits are issued."
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