Special lorry terminal to be built in several parts of Sarawak, says minister

Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin

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KUCHING, Feb 2: The Sarawak government, through the Ministry of Transport (MOTS) plans to empower the heavy vehicle sector in the state by establishing a special lorry terminal, said its minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin.

According to Lee, the first terminal of its kind will be built in Miri soon, as the ministry has successfully obtained funding for the project.

“The same type of terminal will also be built in several major parts of Sarawak such as Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

“It will facilitate the operation of heavy vehicles to become more efficient in the future,” he said in his speech before officiating at the ‘The Lab On Weight Restriction Order: Solution To Harmonise Operation Of Heavy Vehicles In Sarawak’ session in Bintulu on Wednesday.

Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman said that his ministry would try to deal with all the problems faced by the heavy transport sector comprehensively to empower the sector.

Meanwhile, MOTS in collaboration with the Sarawak Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD), organised the lab session which aims to study the current Weight Restriction Order and regulations on heavy vehicles, safety guidelines and also procedures related to the capacity of the road, bridge and sewer structures in Sarawak.

The lab is expected to produce solutions and recommendations to overcome the challenges faced by logistics industry players related to weight restrictions and the capacity of roads and bridges in this state.

Reviewing current weight restrictions is important to facilitate and improve logistics business activities and reduce the cost of transporting goods and the costs of doing business in Sarawak.

Also present were Sarawak Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Tanjong Batu assemblyman Johnny Pang Leong Ming and Bintulu Division Resident, Nyurak Keti. — DayakDaily