Transport Ministry raises weight limit for small lorries to 7 tonnes

GOH THEAN HOWE

KUALA LUMPUR: The weight limit for small lorries have been increased to 7,000kg from 5,000kg with immediate effect, a move aimed to reduce the cost of transportation.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the decision was made after conducting a series of meetings with the Works Ministry, Road Safety Council and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and taking into account all safety, infrastructure and engine capacity elements.

"The increase in the weight limit allows operators of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially in rural areas to optimise and maximise the weight of goods transported," Liow said after chairing the Annual General Meeting of the Road Safety Council (MKJR) 58th in a hotel, in Alor Star.

Liow also announced an increase in the load limit of commercial vehicles equipped with between two to six axles.

"The increase in the limit is between 1,000kg to 6,000kg but only in force in Peninsular Malaysia because Sabah and Sarawak are still undergoing improvement in the quality of roads and bridges.

"The increase is in line with the capacity of roads and bridges on the peninsula thereby reducing the number of trips and improving cost-effectiveness." he said.