Food truck operators must obtain fire safety approval from Bomba

Hamdan (centre) speaking to reporters after the ceremony.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, March 8: It is mandatory for food truck operators to obtain fire safety approval from the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) before they can operate their businesses.

Its director-general Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid said before any of these operators could get approval from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and other relevant authorities such as the local council for their business licences, they needed to get the “green light” from Bomba.

“This to ensure that the fire safety aspect of a mobile food truck is according to the guideline, as food truck businesses conduct cooking activities that involve a gas distribution system.

“At the same time, the food trucks also use generators, which can be a threat for fire or explosions,” he told reporters after the department’s state annual award ceremony here today.

Hamdan explained that food truck operators needed to be aware of fire hazards and how to control them. Bomba was also looking to start a fire safety course for food truck operators in the country.

This following claims that 90 per cent of food truck operators in Malaysia were at risk of endangering their own lives and others because they did not follow the proper fire and safety requirements, he said. — DayakDaily