MUAR: The Transport Ministry has begun holding dialogues with those related to the motor industry, including non-governmental organisations.
Its minister Datuk Ong Tee Kiat said Johor had been selected as the first state for the ministry to meet with the related parties to seek their views.
Speaking to reporters, he said the ministry’s senior officers, including its director-general or deputy director-general, would be present at the sessions.
The dialogues, which he described as good platforms for car dealers to present their views, would also have representatives from departments under the ministry such as Puspakom and the Road Transport Department.
“After two months of holding the portfolio of Transport Minister, I can say now that the ministry is prepared to initiate the dialogue,” Ong said after meeting motor traders yesterday.
“We need to know the grouses or complaints, if any, of those related to the vehicular industry.”
He said he would involve himself in the matter as he had made the dialogue one of his initiatives after being appointed Transport Minister.
He also said studies on the risks faced by backseat passengers in public vehicles were being carried out by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety or Mirose.
He said the detailed study would be released soon and the implementation date for the back seat safety belt ruling would be announced after the public had been made aware of it.
He said the ruling would initially cover public vehicles and cars manufactured in 1995 and after, which would have come with rear safety belts.
He said the plan would not burden car owners and that the ministry was working things out with certain private companies, including banks and insurers, which had agreed to pay for the seat belt installation where needed.http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi ... sec=nation