PUTRAJAYA (Dec 16): The Energy Commission has recommended for charge point operators involved in developing infrastructure to charge electric vehicles (EVs) in the country to immediately obtain a valid public distribution licence for the installation of EV charging systems — no later than March 31 next year.
In a statement on Friday (Dec 16), the regulatory body for the national energy sector said the measure must be taken by such operators, including for charging systems already in operation, before enforcement action is taken.
The licence must be applied to ensure that charging systems are standardised and safe throughout the country, the statement said.
“This requirement is in line with the provisions of Section 9(1)(b) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 (Amendment 2015) (Act A1501), which states that licences shall be issued to charge point operators conducting electricity supply activities for commercial purposes for 10 years, depending on the installation location.
“However, it should be emphasised that the scope of Energy Commission licensing only covers safety and technical aspects, and does not include regulatory economic policy,” the statement said.
According to the commission, charge point operators carrying out charging system installations without a valid licence are committing an offence, and may be prosecuted under Section 37(5) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 (Act 447).