Bus operators ferrying factory workers are fuming with insurance firms for classifying them in the “high risk” category with express and tour buses.
Selangor Workers Bus Operators Association president Jackie Chew Soo Mee said factory buses should not be classified in that category, reports The Star ( July 31, 2009).
"Our operators have a set timetable and the distance is within a district or the next town. Our daily mileage is much lower and the condition of factory buses over a period of time is much better compared to express buses," she said.
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Chew suggested that insurance companies create a new scheme to accommodate factory buses in order not to burden operators. Of the 100 factory bus operators in Selangor, half are members of the association.
"With the tough economic period, factory bus operators should not be burdened further. If the new insurance structure is not created, several of our operators will be forced to wind up," she said at the association’s first annual general meeting (AGM).
Chew said the association would appeal to the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM), Bank Negara and Finance Ministry to create a new insurance scheme for factory bus operators.
She said buses over 12 years old were not allowed to take out comprehensive insurance, with such operators having to buy third party insurance with loading.
Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan, who opened the AGM on behalf of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, said discussions on the insurance scheme was going on with PIAM.