Driving Institutes Withdraw Application To Revoke JPJ Directive
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- Seventeen driving institutes, Wednesday withdrew their application to the High Court to revoke a directive of the Road Transport Department (RTD) disallowing them from conducting the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) vocational licence and the Goods Vehicle Driving Licence (GDL) for Class D and E programmes as of June 1, last year.
Their counsel, K.K. Wong, told the court the institutes decided to withdraw the application after RTD director-general Datuk Emran Kadir announced in a letter dated July 28, this year that the RTD itself was revoking the directive issued on April 23, last year.
He said, however, their application for damages from the Government of Malaysia, as the third respondent, for the losses they had suffered as well as other reasonable relief due to them, still stood.
Senior federal counsel Azizah Nawawi, who represented the respondents -- the West Malaysia Driving Schools Licensing Committee, RTD director-general and the Government of Malaysia -- had also applied to have the RTD directive revoked.
She did not object to the claim for damages by the institutes.
Judge Datuk Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim set Oct 18 for the hearing of arguments on the damages and other relief.
The 17 institutes are Metro Driving Academy Sdn Bhd, Gabungan Skem Sdn Bhd, Inmaju Holdings Bhd, Institut Memandu Kenderaan Darat GPSM Sdn Bhd, Manducekap Hi-Tech Sdn Bhd, Pusat Latihan Memandu Shah Bandar Sdn Bhd, Surfine Hitech Sdn Bhd, Smart Driving Academy Sdn Bhd, Safety Driving Centre (Selangor) Sdn Bhd, Pusat Memandu Kenderaan Kelang Sdn Bhd, Pusat Latihan Memandu Cemerlang Sdn Bhd, Institut Memandu Delta Mahsuri Sdn Bhd, Akademi Pusat Memandu Berhemah (M) Sdn Bhd, Akademi Memandu Gabungan Dunia Sdn Bhd, Akademi P.S. Samy Sdn Bhd, Institut Memandu Arah Kencana Sdn Bhd and Pusat Latihan Memandu Kenderaan Banting K/Langat Sdn Bhd.
In their application filed on May 28, last year, the institutes claimed that the RTD director-general had disallowed them from conducting refresher courses for holders of the PSV vocational licence issued before Sept 1, 1998.
Furthermore, all driving institutes were required to complete by June 1 last year the PSV and GDL programmes registered with them.
They also claimed that the third respondent (Government of Malaysia) had appointed Automotif Center of Excellence Sdn Bhd (ACE) as the sole company in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak to conduct the PSV and GDL programmes beginning June 1, last year for the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as Selangor and Negri Sembilan.
Association of Malaysian Driving Institutes vice-president Hanafi Mat Zin, in an affidavit filed to support the application, said the RTD directive had resulted in the 17 institutes suffering losses and their capacity to continue to operate had been affected.
Hanafi had contended that the directive provided ACE monopoly in conducting the PSV and GDL programmes.