KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian and Thai transportation authorities met two days ago to discuss claims of unreasonable enforcement against Malaysian vehicles entering Thailand through Bukit Kayu Hitam.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said both sides hoped to resolve the problem following claims of excessive enforcement on Malaysian-registered vehicles by Thai authorities and vice-versa.
Abdul Rahim said the Malaysian authorities had created a two-kilometre free zone within Malaysia for Thai vehicles to enter Malaysia for their daily business.
However, he added that ruling presented another set of problems.
“Our police and Immigration Department checkpoints are located at the borders, so proper checks cannot be made on Thai cars in the two-km zone in Malaysia.
“When we took action against Thai drivers who travelled beyond the two-km zone Malaysia, there were reports that Thai authorities had retaliated by conducting excessive enforcement on Malaysian vehicles entering Thailand.
“We hope the meeting between the transportation authorities of both countries will help to iron out these problems,” he told Ahmad Kassim (PKR - Kuala Kedah).
Earlier, Abdul Rahim said that the Road Transport Department has issued 153,847 summonses to commercial transport operators from January to March this year.
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