These transport, logistics sub-sectors allowed to operate during lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR: Only two people including the driver are allowed at a time in private vehicles, taxis and e-hailing vehicles, regardless of capacity.

Passengers in taxis and e-hailing vehicles must also be seated in the rear seats.

These were among the latest Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Transport Ministry today, which will take effect as Malaysia goes under the first phase of total lockdown tomorrow (June 1).

The ministry, however, allows three individuals, including the driver, for medical purposes, such as hospital visits with doctor’s letter or vaccination as validated with MySejahtera, or for security reasons.

“All operators of land and sea public transportation are allowed to operate at 50 per cent of passenger capacities.

“Passenger airlines are exempted from this requirement due to the already low passenger levels.

“All operators are allowed to determine their respective optimum service frequencies to prevent crowding on terminals, platforms and stations and ensure full compliance to the National Security Council (NSC) and Health Ministry SOPs,” it said in a statement today.

The ministry also said it will issue new approval letters to allow companies registered under the Logistics Industry Information System (Smile) to operate during the total lockdown.

All previous letters issued under Smile will be rendered null and void.

The permitted essential services in transport and logistics services include:

1. Freight forwarding services

2. Customs/forwarding agents

3. Shipping agents

4. Ports, shipyards, jetties and airport services

5. Terminal and passenger ferry services such as cleaning, sanitising and repairs.

6. Crane services

7. Warehousing and storage activities, including off-dock depots

8. Commercial vehicles in the essential services sector such as hauliers, lorries, buses, taxis and couriers

9. Vehicle rental services

10. Freight train operations

11. Air freight operations

12. Shipping line and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) operations

13. Inland Container Depot operations

14. Ancillary services to land, water and air transportation, such as:

– Free trade cargo zone disposal

– Cargo survey

– Shipping supply (Hardware and refrigerant, ship chandling)

– Tally clerks

– Lashing and unlashing

– Fresh water supply

– Ro-Ro stevedore service

– Packing and unpacking

– Bunker services

– Conveyor machine supply

– Crane machinery supply

– Auxiliary cargo equipment

– Safety net supply

– Stevedoring gears supply

– Hazardous substance spillage cleaning

– Reception facility for ship schedule waste

– Bulk cargo handling

– Fumigation

– Garbage disposal

– Stevedoring

– Trimming gang

– Diving activities for underwater hull repair works

– Dredging and underwater survey

– Pilotage

– Ship lubricant supply

– Boat and port services

– Towing

– Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO)

15. Airport services

16. Ancillary services at airports, such as hotels and food and beverage outlets

17. Scheduled and non-scheduled flight operations, including repatriation flights

18. Air speciality services, such as medical evacuation

19. General Aviation (GA) services for commercial flights and private jets

20. Air Traffic Control Services

21. Continuous Airworthiness Management Organisation

22. Maintenance, service and repair of aircraft

23. Ground handling services, such as refuelling, catering, handling of cargo, passengers, baggage, land administration and supervision, handling of mail and load.

24. Bus services – stage bus, express bus, chartered bus, tour bus, mini bus, shuttle bus, airport shuttle and workers’ bus.

25. KTMB passenger rail services (ETS, Intercity and Commuter), Prasarana/RapidRail (MRT, LRT and Monorail) and ERL (KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit)

26. Public facilities in train stations

27. Maintenance, repair and overhauls (MRO) services for trains

28. Public transport terminals

29. Taxis and e-hailing services

30. Courier operations and p-hailing services

The ministry also reaffirmed that vehicle workshops and tyre shops are not under its purview, and therefore, their permission to operate is subject to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

The source: New Strait Times

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