Motorists in Penang are set to face difficulties in obtaining towing services for stalled or accident damaged vehicles this week. This is due to tow truck operators on the island having gone on a temporary strike from December 2 to December 9, The Sun reports.

The strike was reportedly brought about by a dispute between the state tow truck association, private car workshop owners and insurers over claims and other charges, with the inability to resolve the issue leading to the event.

The move to strike is believed to be related to late payments from various stakeholders in the car repair industry. In a posting on social media, the Penang Motor Vehicle Workshop Owners Association (PMVWOA) also said they would also be closing car repair workshops during the period.

Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state has called in representatives from the ministry of domestic trade and consumer affairs (KPDNHEP), the road transport department (JPJ) and the tow truck association to find a solution.

“We want to better understand the situation,” Chow said, saying that the state regrets what has transpired as the boycott could affect many. He hoped that all parties would try to find an amicable solution.

“As this is related to insurance claims and vehicle repairs, we appreciate if related agencies go back to the negotiation table to come out with a solution so that tow truck services will be available to all consumers. We hope good sense (will) prevail,” he said.