FeedMe Malaysia previously reported that by today (Jul 12), 90% of e-hailing drivers are barred from operating on the road as Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence comes into effect.
The licence, which all buses and taxis must possess, has expanded into e-hailing industry and it is a policy that allows Transport Ministry to regulate commercial vehicle used for paying passengers.
According to The Stars hours ago, the Cabinet has postponed the enforcement of PSV licence today in light that majority of e-hailing drivers are yet to acquire the licence.
Unlicenced e-hailing drivers can now continue ferrying customers for another three months, until October 12.
The Transport Ministry said let this postponement deem as a “soft landing” approach for the government to regulate the e-hailing companies.
We previously reported that only 10,151 out of 167,000 e-hailing drivers have acquired PSV licence as of July 2. That is only six percent out of the total available drivers.
It is learned that it could cost up to RM800 to acquire the licence, which explains why many part-time drivers decided to quit as it might be difficult for them to break even with the cost.
Grab sent out an email to users four days ago (Jul 9) to warn that it will take a longer time to get a Grab car after July 12.
Looks like the “carmageddon” has been pushed back for a little bit. Hopefully, more e-hailing drivers can take the opportunity to get themselves PSV licenced.
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