Motac to keep talks with MOH on use of tour vans as ambulances

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Society (Motac) will be keeping conversations with the Well being Ministry (MOH) on converting tour vans into ambulances to assist in Covid-19 crisis scenarios.

Welcoming the initiative introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Friday, its minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pix) explained the initiative was also being refined on the specialized aspects with the Land Community Transportation Agency (APAD).

“This initiative also allows tour van operators who are influenced by the existing motion control which does not allow cross-state things to do, as a result impacting the tourism market,“ she mentioned in a assertion currently.

On Friday, Ismail Sabri said about 100 tourist vans would be converted into ambulances to assistance in unexpected emergency cases involving Covid-19, primarily in the Klang Valley.

In accordance to Ismail Sabri, the transfer prepared below the Better Klang Valley Particular Job Pressure is a follow-up measure to deal with the recent Covid-19 pandemic circumstance in the region, particularly to deal with grievances of ambulance delays to acquire people from their residences who are going through scenarios this sort of as shortness of breath and need to have speedy remedy.

Nancy explained MOTAC would also seek the advice of with vacationer van associations to see if the standards met the demands of APAD for the objective.

She explained tour van permits for Peninsular Malaysia is below the jurisdiction of APAD and any matter involving modifications is subject matter to the agency’s acceptance.

For Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, tour motor vehicle permits are issued by the Ministry below the Tourism Vehicles Licensing Act 1999 (Act 594).

Nancy additional that APAD permits had been only issued to tour van operators whose vacation organizations had been accredited by the Ministry beneath the Tourism Market Act 1992. — Bernama