Bill on new airport charges tabled for 1st reading

TRAVELLERS would have to pay new charges at the nation’s airports under the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Amendment) Act 2015 (Act 771) that was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The bill aims to ensure that the commission has sufficient financial resources to protect the rights and interests of consumers, and also for the development of the country’s aviation industry.

The bill, tabled for first reading by Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi, seeks to empower the commission with additions to Sub-section 18(2) to impose financial penalties and collect charges from travellers at Malaysian airports for regulatory services rendered by the commission.

Another proposed sub-section to the act is to allow the commission to impose fines of not exceeding RM1 million on aviation companies that fail to follow competition and anti-trust guidelines.

The bill also seeks to empower the commission to regulate unfair and arbitrary fees and charges imposed on consumers by aviation providers to safeguard consumers’ interests. – August 7, 2017.

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