PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of lorries have been turned away from Puspakom inspection centres in Johor because the state Road Transport Department (RTD) has different operating procedures compared with other states.
Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said this had been happening since April, starting with the Puspakom centres in Johor Baru and Batu Pahat before Kluang and Segamat were affected.
“The Puspakom centres in Johor had asked for the yellow card, which is an RTD reminder for a vehicle to be sent for inspection.
“But RTD stopped issuing the cards about two to three years ago,” he told The Star.
Er said his members in other parts of the country were not asked by Puspakom to present their yellow cards when they turned up at the centres for vehicle inspection.
“My members asked the Puspakom staff in Johor and they said that it was in line with the Johor RTD directive.
“Why is it that only Johor has this ruling?
“Why should Johor have a different set of procedures from other parts of Malaysia?” asked an irate Er.
When lorries were brought for the compulsory six-month inspection, Er said the drivers would bring along their inspection log book and the VR1 report obtained from the previous inspection.
“If people don’t come for inspection, you penalise them RM5,000.
“And when they come, you turn them away,” said Er.
When contacted, Johor RTD director Mohd Rosli Ramli confirmed that lorries turning up for inspection at Puspakom centres needed to have the yellow card.
He maintained that it had been the standard operating procedure all this while.
“We have been issuing yellow cards.
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