Motac embarks on ‘whitening’ exercise for tour vehicles

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) will implement a ‘whitening’ exercise on tour vehicles which started from Saturday until Feb 28 to ensure valid registration and licence. 

Motac noted that the programme will be for tour operators, tour guides and travel agencies with eligible tourist vehicle operations in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan. 

It said additional licences, as well as vehicle permits of tour operators and tour guides whose validity expires from Jan 1, 2020 until now will be considered for renewal approval. 

“Licence renewal applications are subject to existing guidelines. Licences of tour operators, tour guides and tourist vehicles’ permit expiring before Jan 1, 2020 are not eligible to renew their licence during the whitening period. 

“They will be removed from Motac’s list and records and uploaded on Motac’s official website for the information of all parties,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday. 

The ministry said the whitening exercise involves the tour operating business and travel agency business, Malaysia My Second Home, Tourism Training Institute, Tourist Guides, as well as tour bus and rental car permit for Sabah.