Malaysian govt may withdraw bike convoy permission under RMCO, other freedoms may be restricted –

With the implementation of the Restricted Movement Control Order (RMCO), many Malaysians seem to have forgotten the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world and has not been eliminated or eradicated here. This caution seems to have fallen on deaf ears as many are taking a

Govt. hikes excise duty on petrol & diesel by up to Rs. 13/lt

The government of India has increased the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs. 10 and Rs. 13 per litre respectively. It has been reported that the hike in excise duty will not affect retail prices of the fuels as state-owned oil companies will adjust them against the fall

Gov't releases guidelines for food and parcel delivery motorcycle riders – they are now called 'p-hailing'

The government via the transport ministry has released official guidelines for motorcycle riders delivering food, drinks and parcels, booked via online apps, which are now officially categorised as “p-hailing”. A statement released by transport minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong today says the guidelines were drawn up as the

German gov't asking carmakers to make medical gear

The German government has asked domestic car manufacturers to consider producing medical equipment such as masks and ventilators in efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Automotive News Europe reported. The request comes as part of the country’s wider efforts to harness engineering and production resources towards overcoming equipment supply bottlenecks

Govt proposing heavier sentence for drunk drivers, driving under the influence – up to 20 years jail

It is being proposed that drivers who are found guilty driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and driving dangerously causing death, face up to 20 years jail, said minister in the prime minister’s department (law) Datuk Liew Vui Keong, reported by Bernama. He said that the cabinet

Gov't freezes toll rates hike for 2020, costs RM1 billion

Finance minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that the government will continue freezing the increase on toll fares across the country this year, but told reporters that the move would cost RM1 billion in compensation to concessionaires, The Star reports. “Although the government is freezing toll increase this year, the

Gov't looking at restructuring of import duties on cars

The government says it is looking into a potential restructuring of import duties on cars, with both the finance ministry and the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) involved in discussions, according to finance minister Lim Guan Eng. Lim said that a joint committee comprising officials from both ministries

Gov't looking for best solution to settle PLUS' debt

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government is looking at solutions to resolve the financial problems plaguing PLUS Malaysia, and that the best choice currently is for Khazanah Nasional – which is the major shareholder in PLUS – to manage the toll concession company to settle its debt,

Thailand gov't plans several initiatives to promote EVs

The Thailand government is ramping up its efforts to promote the take up of electric vehicles in the country, and has several measures planned, according to energy minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. In a report by Bangkok Post, Sontirat said the government is studying tax waivers, discounts and partial subsidies to attract

Auto industry wants govt. to slash GST rate to 18%

Members of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) have met the Finance Minister of India to request the government to reduce the GST rate on automobiles from 28% to 18%. Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM has also reiterated the automobile manufacturers’ stand. Two-wheeler brands, including Hero MotoCorp, are also in