KUALA LUMPUR: Schoolbus operators have issues with the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board and they hope the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry will take up the cudgels on their behalf.
Representatives from various state schoolbus operators' associations said yesterday they hoped to meet with minister Datuk Noh Omar to discuss their grouses. These include permits to operate during weekends and holidays, licensing and the local diesel fuel.
Malacca representative Chee Ah Tey said the Road Transport Department recently stopped issuing permits to schoolbus operators to charter their buses out during weekends and holidays.
Chee said they were told this was on the instructions of the CVLB, said to be the only body responsible for issuing the permits.
"This is impractical as the CVLB only has four branches nationwide and there are schoolbus operators in all the states."
The operators are also unhappy that the CVLB recently issued about 1,000 charter permits to other companies, some of which subcontracted the permits back to the schoolbus operators.
Chee also asked why the licences for buses which were more than 30 years old had to be renewed annually instead of every five years as was the previous practice.
"The operators spend RM200 to RM300 a month to ensure the schoolbuses measure up to Puspakom standards.
"If Puspakom deems the vehicle roadworthy, why should the licence only be valid for a year rather than five?"
The bus operators also want the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to look into the diesel fuel sold here. Local diesel does not meet European Union standards, which can lead to problems during Puspakom checks.
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