KUCHING, Aug 19: All 34 driving schools in Sarawak are now allowed to operate except districts in Southern Region such as Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Lundu, Bau, Tebedu and Asajaya.
Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin, however, pointed out that driving schools looking into re-opening must first submit their applications accompanied with necessary documentation to the nearest Road Transport Department Offices (JPJ) for verification and arrangement.
The required information included proof of vaccination of the management and premise operators, workers, driving instructors and tutors.
“Premise operators, workers, driving instructors must have completed their two doses of Covid-19 vaccination. For the moment, all learners or candidates must have at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination before they can be accepted by the driving schools.
“However, after Aug 31, 2021, it will be mandatory for all learners to have completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccination before they can be accepted by the driving schools.
“As proof of vaccination, the management and premise operators, workers, driving instructors and tutors as well as learners for driving licences must show their Covid-19 Vaccination Digital Certificate or Covid-19 Vaccination Card,” said Lee in a statement today.
Meanwhile, he said it is JPJ’s responsibility to ensure strict compliance with standard operating procedure (SOP) at all operating driving schools by conducting regular site visits and spot checks.
He said the proposal for driving schools in districts to resume operation under National Recovery Plan (NRP) Phase Three has been approved by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) following a meeting on Aug 17.
For Southern Zone which is still under NRP Phase Two, Lee said the re-opening of such schools is postponed until further notice. — DayakDaily