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By William Isau
SIBU, Dec 2: The State Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) will implement an online licence application system which will begin operating in mid-February 2022.
Its chairman Dr Ripin Lamat said the system provides convenience to commercial vehicle owners operating buses, taxis, school buses and lorries to renew their licences especially during this Covid-19 pandemic.
“With this online licence application, they no longer have to fill in forms manually and appear repeatedly at the CVLB office. Applicants only need to be present at the CVLB office to obtain a licence,” he said at a dialogue session with the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Association here today.
In this regard, Ripin said, to familiarise users with this system, CVLB Sarawak will hold several engagement sessions with licensing associations to provide information and training on the use of the system later.
On another matter, CVLB Sarawak is also helping the government distribute one-off government assistance under the Malaysian Economic and People’s Protection Programme (Permai) and People’s Empowerment Strategic Programme and Economics (Pemerkasa).
“Under this programme, eligible recipients comprising taxi, rental car, school bus, sightseeing bus and e-hailing drivers or operators will receive assistance of RM500 from the government on an one-off basis,” he said.
In 2021, a total of 4,140 people have benefited from the Permai initiative while 4,094 received the assistance under Pemerkasa.
Meanwhile, Ripin said, under the Sarawak Government through Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0, taxi drivers, rental car operators, and school bus operators registered in Sarawak also received assistance of RM600, while e-hailing operators received RM500 on a one-off basis through S Pay Global (formerly Sarawak Pay).
This dialogue session is the third in a series after sessions in Miri and Kuching which were held on 25 and 26 November.
A total of 15 representatives from 12 commercial vehicle associations in the central zone attended the dialogue session which took place at Wisma Persekutuan Block 2, Jalan Awang Ramli Amit.
The dialogue session was held to obtain views and feedback from associations related to commercial vehicle licensing; to act as a platform to discuss problems and issues faced in commercial vehicle licensing; as well as foster cooperation and understanding between CVLB Sarawak and licensees.
Also present at the dialogue session were Sarawak CVLB Director Masitah Annuar, Sarawak CVLB Deputy Director Razami Mohamad Jamali, Sarawak Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department Deputy Head, DSP Mathew Manggie, Sarawak Ministry of Transport (MOTS) representative Dr Lawrence Tseu Sed Kong, Sibu Road Transport Department (JPJ) Branch Head Mohd Faizal Abdullah and Puspakom Sibu Branch Manager Ashamadi Madeni. — DayakDaily