KOTA BAHARU, Feb 14 – The drop in fuel prices had reduced overall costs borne by private car rental and taxi operators by 10 to 11 per cent. Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, however, said the amount was small as the operators also had to bear other costs such as vehicle insurance, maintenance and tyres.
“They are worried at the impending hike in costs at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre which will also impose a service charge of six per cent when the Goods and Services Tax is implemented in April,” he said. He said this after handing over a computer and cash of RM1,000 each to 11 car rental and taxi drivers associations which were affected by the recent floods. He said the income of a private car rental or taxi operator in Kelantan is RM1,000 to RM1,200 a month, and often an operator could not afford to accommodate the increases in the prices of goods.