ENSURE DRIVERS HAVE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, EMPLOYERS OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES TOLD
Updated: Feb 2
13 OCTOBER 2020
KOTA KINABALU: All owners and operators of essential services must ensure that their drivers have the necessary documents required so that they will be allowed to travel inter-district during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung said the required documents would allow the vehicles to pass through the road blocks set up during the CMCO which was enforced on Oct 13 to Oct 26.
Chin in a statement today said that the drivers must have with them a letter from their employer, agency or company stating the date and duration of the trip, the destination as well as type of goods they are transporting or the service they are providing and the number of people traveling in the vehicle.
The letter must also be supported with the approval letter for inter-district travel by the police, he said.
“Those traveling inter-district are not allowed to make stops at Rest and Recreation centres or stay overnight at areas identified as red zones of Covid-19. They can only stop at the location stated in the letter,” he said.
Chin also said that in line with the CMCO throughout Sabah all public transportation except for taxi and e-hailing services will be allowed to operate from Oct 13 to Oct 26.
Taxis and e-hailing vehicles will only be allowed to operate within their respective districts while other public transport service such as mini buses, express buses and charter vehicles will be temporarily halted until Oct 26.
“However the food delivery service will be allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm during the two weeks period,” said Chin adding that operation hours for taxi and e-hailing service are from 6am to 8pm daily.
According to Chin, CVLB’s counters throughout the state will also be closed from Oct 13 to Oct 26.
“I would like to remind all passengers and taxi as well as e-hailing drivers to ensure that they comply strictly with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) recommended by the relevant authorities such as compulsory wearing of a face mask, maximum two passengers in a vehicle, disinfecting their vehicles after every trip, using hand sanitizer and not accepting customers who are symptomatic.
The instruction, Chin said is in line with Section 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Police Act 1967 and Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.
Senior Minister for Security Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Monday that the decision to place Sabah under CMCO was made following the rise of Covid-19 infections in the state.
Among the rules under the CMCO are the prohibition of inter-district travel by all except for essential service, only two members of a household may leave the house to buy necessities, all schools, higher education institutions, training institutes, kindergartens, childcare centres, public parks and recreational centres will be closed and mosques, suraus and other non-Muslim places of worship will also be closed.
Wholesale and daily markets are allowed to open from 6am to 2pm while convenience stores, stores selling necessities, gas stations, pharmacies and medicine stores may operate from 6am to 6pm.
Restaurants and other food stores will also be allowed to open from 6am to 6pm, but strictly for drive-through, deliveries and takeaways only and clinics as well as public hospitals will be allowed to open for 24 hours.