MCO extension: Public transport services including taxis, e-hailing allowed

Kuala Lumpur's traffic on June 1. The MCO 3.0 has been extended until June 28. (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge)

Kuala Lumpur's traffic on June 1. The MCO 3.0 has been extended until June 28. (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge)

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PUTRAJAYA (June 12): All public transport services including taxis and e-hailing are allowed to operate, in accordance with strict standard operating procedures (SOP), during the implementation period of the movement control order (MCO) 3.0, which has been extended until June 28.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said to facilitate travel, taxi drivers are required to obtain a letter of approval from the Logistics Industry Information System (SMILE) at https://application.mot.gov.my.

"Meanwhile, e-hailing drivers can obtain a copy of the approval letter from the Ministry of Transport (MoT) ,which has been given to the respective e-hailing operators," he said in a statement here today.

Wee said the letter, together with the PSV (passenger service vehicle) licence issued by the Land Public Transport Agency, is required at roadblocks as proof of permission to operate.

He said each taxi and e-hailing public transport passenger vehicle is limited to two people, namely the driver and a passenger, including for larger-sized vehicles, such as four-wheel drives and vans.

However, for medical reasons with doctor's permission, and for vaccination trips or for security reasons, a driver and two passengers are allowed.

Wee stressed that public transport users need to obtain interstate or inter-district approval from the police if they use any mode of public transport for related travel.

He added that all industry players who had obtained approval under SMILE, dated before June 1, could redownload the approval letter to operate from the same website without having to re-register.