Selangor, KL EMCO: Only vehicle repairs permitted during the period, no servicing, according to new SOP – paultan.org
From tomorrow, July 3, certain districts in Selangor and select localities in Kuala Lumpur will go under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for 14 days until July 16. The EMCO will see all routes of travel into and out of these zones being closed and monitored by police.
In announcing the move, the government also stated that during this period, everyone within these EMCO areas are not permitted to be out of their homes, with the exception of one person being allowed out to buy essential items within a 10 km radius from his/her household.
However, despite the movement restrictions, some automotive-related activity will be allowed to continue during this period, although the permissions listed under the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the EMCO looks to have been revised, as in how businesses will be allowed to operate in these areas.
Previously, during the full movement control order (FMCO), which was implemented on a nationwide basis, car workshops and spare parts businesses as well as tyre shops were allowed to operate during the period, as defined by the term bengkel kenderaan, penyelenggaraan dan alat ganti.
The latest SOP set for the EMCO in Selangor and KL, however, lists only pembaikan kenderaan serta alat ganti berkaitan (vehicle repairs as well as relevant spare parts) as being essential services permissible during the period in EMCO areas.
This likely means that while service centres and workshops will be allowed to remain open (in EMCO areas), they might only be able to carry out urgent and critically needed vehicle repairs and not scheduled servicing and general maintenance, if the parameters defined in the latest SOP set are being read correctly. After all, technically, if you’re not allowed out of the house, you really can’t be sending your car in for service, can you?
Should this be the case, expect car companies to announce an extension to routine service intervals and a grace period for warranties beyond the duration. Meanwhile, workshops and the like that are not in EMCO areas will continue to operate, with tight SOPs.
Of course, car showrooms across the country remain closed (although online bookings continue), as are vehicle production plants as part of the restrictions imposed during the FMCO and now, into phase one of the national recovery plan (PPN). Auto manufacturing – as well as car wash centres – will be permitted to resume activity in phase two of the PPN.
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