Public transport allowed to operate throughout MCO

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public transport MCO e-hailing taxi car rental interstate travel inter-district travel borders The police and Road Transport Department (JPJ) conducting a roadblock at the Duta Toll Plaza in Kuala Lumpur following the Movement Control Order 2.0 (MCO 2.0) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette
The police and Road Transport Department (JPJ) conducting a roadblock at the Duta Toll Plaza in Kuala Lumpur following the Movement Control Order 2.0 (MCO 2.0) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 JANUARY 2021.

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has never issue any order to stop the service of public transport including taxi, car rental and e-hailing, nor stop them from crossing district or state borders throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO).

However, they are required to comply to the standard operating procedures (SOP) determined by the National Security Council (MKN) in their operation, said the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

According to him, the taxis, car rentals and e-hailing transport are allowed to fully operate during the MCO depending on the need for their services.

“They are also allowed to cross districts and state borders allowed under the commercial vehicles by taking into consideration, the need to send passengers who have acquired the approval to travel under the permissible scope,” he said.

Ka Siong clarified the complaints from taxi drivers about the confusion on the operational and service scope and the permission to travel inter-district and interstate during the MCO.

He received complaints stating that some drivers were arrested and questioned during roadblocks while they were on their way home after sending passengers across district or state borders.

Elaborating further, he said that the MCO is implemented to control public movement, including passengers. Therefore, all taxi, car rental and e-hailing services need to ensure that their passengers have the approval and need to travel under the permissible scope to travel inter-district or interstate before sending them to their locations.

According to him, the drivers also need to obtain a copy of the approval documents either in hardcopy or softcopy as evident after dropping their passengers off to their destinations.

It would avoid them from being taken advantage by irresponsible individuals to violate MCO and cross borders for non-permissible purposes. –MalaysiaGazette

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