In an effort to raise safety standards in the logistics industry, hauliers are appealing for a government grant worth tens of millions of ringgit for the installation of advanced Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) in their commercial fleet. Pix by Rosela Ismail

KUALA LUMPUR: In an effort to raise safety standards in the logistics industry, hauliers are appealing for a government grant worth tens of millions of ringgit for the installation of advanced Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) in their commercial fleet.

“We’re submitting a memorandum to the Finance Ministry to accord a one-off grant for digital upgrades of track-and-trace logistics systems,” said Association of Malaysian Hauliers (AMH) president Nazari Akhbar.

“Customers are talking about digital logistics. They want real-time visibility and goods information all the way from production floor and warehouse, to retail outlets,” he told the New Straits Times on the sidelines of the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017 preview held here today.

In order for hauliers to embrace a digital logistics ecosystem, they would need to invest in sophisticated track-and-trace software that allow for a reliable track-and-trace flow of goods from the factory to the seaport via a cloud-based platform.

“Our members want to be able to embrace digital logistics. We want to incorporate advanced GPS with CCTVs in our fleet – but such upfront investments are costly, amounting to tens of millions of ringgit. We appeal for government grants,” Nazari said.

“The innovations on connected mobility showcased at the (upcoming) expo will give hauliers and fleet operators an insight into ways to achieve better fuel savings, plan better routes and (ensure) higher safety standards,” he added.

This year, the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017, in its third edition, will be held at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, from May 18 to 20.

Some 600 business leaders are expected to attend and make their fleet upgrade orders there.

Organised by the publisher of Asian Trucker and Asian Buses magazines, the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017 will feature trucks by the likes of Chevron Malaysia and CIMC Vehicles (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd over an 8,000 sq metre exhibition area.

Also present at the preview today was Asian Trucker and Asian Buses magazines editor Stefan Pertz, Road Transport Department (RTD) assistant director of automotive engineering Azzaharin Allias and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Professor Dr Wong Shaw Yoon.

“While we look at new technologies, such as driver assistance systems and connected vehicles, to solve transport challenges, we should also be putting in more effort in training and upskilling commercial vehicle drivers,” said Azzaharin.

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