To help the public transportation department, the Ministry of Transportation announced that it will automatically extend the vehicle age limit for public service vehicles by one year. This move aims to help the industry, especially those that operate or drive taxis, school buses and tour buses, to survive the economic difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Wei Jiaxiang stated in a statement that any public service vehicle that has reached or will reach their respective age limit between January 1 and December 31 this year will automatically extend their vehicle license for one year. This will include vehicles that have been postponed early in 2020.

Huang said that all public service vehicle categories within the scope of the Land Public Transport Authority (APAD) and the respective commercial vehicle licensing boards of Sabah and Sarawak are eligible for this extension.

However, the prerequisite for the extension is that the vehicle must go through and pass the Puspakom vehicle inspection procedure to ensure its airworthiness and safe operation.

Wee said that the reason for the decision to postpone is that many drivers and operators will face great difficulties in replacing vehicles during this challenging period. He said: “We hope that the car’s service life will be automatically extended by one year, which will bring some relief to the industry as the company focuses on recovery to become a competitive service to the public again.

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