Saturday, May 23, 2009

Enforce zone system strictly: Van operators

BINTULU: Members of Tatau-Bintulu Rented Van Association have called on authorities like the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB), Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the police to strictly enforce the zone system that operators and drivers must observe.

Association chairman Bakat Imang said his members were not happy that ‘stranger vans’ were encroaching into zones where they were not supposed to operate in with no action taken by the authorities concerned.

Bakat said some vans that were licensed to operate in Zone 14 for example were entering Zone 13 (Kemena route) freely and this angered those licensed to operate in Zone 13.

“This illegal encroachment has been going on for quite sometime, but there is no action taken by the authorities,” Bakat said to The Borneo Post yesterday.

Bakat claimed that there had been incidents where harsh words had been exchanged between the encroachers and those who belonged to the zone concerned in the recent past.

He said in fact one such incident - where a Zone 13 operator and his counterpart from Zone 14 had a fist fight following disagreement as to who should pick passengers first – had been lodged with police.

He said stiff competition in a tight market had nade operators very protective of their zone.

“Our association appeals for strict enforcement of the zone system to prevent unnecessary and unhealthy competition,” Bakat said.

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