Airlines and freight services exempt from 50% passenger capacity
by TMR / photo by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
TRANSPORT Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said air passenger and freight services are exempt from the maximum capacity limit of 50% due to already low passenger capacities.
However, airlines and passengers must strictly adhere to SOPs as stipulated by MKN and the Department of Health, he said.
The Ministry of Transport will limit all modes of public land and sea transport to 50% of their
maximum passenger capacities from 25 May 2021 in accordance with the decision of the National Security Council (MKN) tighten various standard operating procedures (SOPs) to manage the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
“Public transport is a vital service, but during this extraordinary time it has become crucial for everyone to help reduce gatherings and the movement of people. In this regard, the ministry sincerely hopes for the understanding and patience of public transport users as we work together to break the chains of transmission of Covid-19 across the country, ”Wee said.
The ministry, he said, will monitor the situation from time to time in order to minimize inconvenience to transport users and the general public.
For bus, ferry, train and rail services, Wee added that relevant public transport agencies under the ministry will make respective adjustments to their schedules, including limiting service frequencies.
Public transport users are encouraged to check social media and the websites of the respective service providers for more details.
For taxis and electronic telephone services, each passenger vehicle is limited to 3 people (one driver and two passengers),
including in larger vehicles such as 4WD and vans.
“All users of public transport are responsible for applying for interstate and inter-district permits from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) if necessary before using any mode of public transportation,” Wee said.
In order to encourage compliance with COVID-19 prevention SOPs, law enforcement personnel are available at various stations and terminals alongside security personnel from each agency to monitor the situation.