Following the decision, Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) will no longer be the sole provider of the services as announced by Transport Minister Anthony Loke on March 24.
“Such decision by the cabinet will allow other qualified companies to offer such services to the public.
“This in turn will create a competitive business environment – the services will be more accessible as compared to the current monopoly practice where there are limited numbers of Puspakom branches,” said Ling when met recently.
He said the move by the unity government clearly demonstrates the prioritising of people’s needs.
“The decision makes it more convenient for vehicle owners, while the opening up of the sector spurs economic growth and creates job opportunities,” he added.
Ling said he is confident that the Ministry will come up with the qualifying criteria before the opening up of the sector to other companies – which should include operational regulations, scope of services and guidelines, and inspection locations.