The period for re-registration of commercial vehicles which ends this Friday, will not be extended.
Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Syed Hamid Albar said so far, over 200,000 or 53 per cent of the 360,000 commercial vehicles had registered with SPAD.
“With regard to the number of owners or operators, only 45,000 out of the 90,000 have registered with SPAD to date,” he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) and Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd, yesterday.
Syed Hamid said the six-month period from April 1 for the operators to register their commercial vehicles with SDAD was long enough and extending it would be unreasonable. He denied that the registration process was difficult as claimed by the operators as one of the causes for them to be reluctant re-register their commercial vehicles.
“We tell them, ‘fill the form, even a photostat copy will do. If there’s no address, it’s okay, we will help fill that for them. If there’s no bank account, the income tax statement will do’.
“This is because we are not carrying out new registration, but to re-register the commercial vehicles to update our data base,” said Syed Hamid.
He reminded that after Sept 30, commercial vehicles which had not been registered with SPAD but still operating, would be deemed to have flouted the law and the operators involved would face a fine of up to RM50,000 or three
years’ jail, or both.
Syed Hamid lauded the effort by ERL and Touch ‘n Go of introducing the electronic payment system for the KLIA Ekspres service which he said, would help the government achieve 25 per cent public transport usage by 2015.