SEREMBAN: Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today that his ministry has not introduced new regulations or policies for lorry services.
He said all existing policies and conditions, including legal requirements, are unchanged under the Public Transport Act 2010, as implemented by the previous government.
Loke was addressing recent controversy regarding the matter, which was sparked by misleading news spread by irresponsible parties.
“All the terms and policies which (are being) applied are based on existing laws. So, nothing is new. For example, (the requirement of) health checks for the renewal of (lorry driving) licenses has always been there.
“So there may be misunderstandings among drivers. We have never laid down new terms.
“This has been misinterpreted, and some are trying to use this issue to manipulate sentiment for a particular agenda,” Loke said when met by reporters after the closing ceremony of the National Robotics Competition at SKJC Kelpin here, today.
Last Thursday, hundreds of lorry drivers held a peaceful rally in several locations across the country to urge the Transport Ministry to relax legal requirements against the trade transport service.
In addition to medical examinations to renew Commercial Vehicle License (GDL) and Public Transport Vehicle License (PSV), the protesting lorry drivers also called for a reconsideration of issues such as high summonses, overloading, vehicle inspections, reduction of time restrictions and demerit point reduction.
About 500 truck drivers also gathered at the Transport Ministry in Putrajaya to voice their dissatisfaction, before handing over a memorandum to Loke, who was represented by Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement division director Khairul Anuar Bachok.
In a related development, Loke said that he had requested for RTD director-general Datuk Seri Shahruddin Khalid to review the memorandum to provide a more detailed explanation of existing laws to the lorry association.
“We had (previously) explained (the matter) to the truck drivers associations, but of course, not everyone understands this. (So) we have requested the RTD director-general to look into the issues raised in the memorandum,” he added.