Miri RTD urges public to stagger visits to avoid overcrowding

People arrived as early as 6am at Miri RTD's office on Thursday (June 4, 2020) to renew their expired driving licences and road tax.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 4: Vehicle owners in this division have been told not to swarm the Road Transport Department (RTD) office to renew their road tax and driving licence as there is an exemption for these requirements during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

“No need to panic and swarm the RTD office if your driving licence or road tax has expired during this period — we will not go after you,” said a Miri RTD spokesperson when met today.

He added, since May 18, almost all of its service counters at the Miri RTD office along the Miri-Bintulu road here have been operating in full swing to serve the public.

“You have a 30-day period to renew your expired licence or road tax when the CMCO ends on June 9,” he said.

Hence, he advised the public to come in stages to RTD office and to not panic as they have plenty of time.

The public has also been advised to continue to comply with standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines when they visit the Miri RTD office.

“Every person that comes here will be asked to follow strict SOP such as social distancing, wear a mask and wash their hands with sanitizer provided before being allowed to enter,” the spokesman said.

Miri RTD’s counters will be open every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 8am to 1pm, while on weekdays (Monday to Friday), operation are from 8am to 5pm.

A visit to the Miri RTD office this morning revealed a long queue snaking all the way outside the entrance as people waited to renew their expired driving licence and road tax.

Some of them started queuing as early as 6am to beat the crowd even though the office only opened at 8am.