Plan to abolish PSV licence for cabbies

SPAD

PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission has proposed to abolish the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence for taxi drivers and e-hailing drivers from early next year.

What this means is that anyone with a valid driving licence wanting to drive a conventional taxi or offer a taxi service under Uber, Grab or any app-based transport network operator would only be required to register with SPAD without having to sit for a PSV licence test.

The training of e-hailing and taxi drivers will be done by the transport network operators or external training consultants for individual taxi permit holders.

The report said currently, Malaysians above 21 with a valid driving licence were required to apply for a PSV licence from the Road Transport Department before being allowed to drive a bus or taxi.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told the Sun Daily that a working paper on e-hailing, which included the proposal to do away with the PSV, had been received.

The proposal is among 11 initiatives under the e-hailing and transformation for taxi industry models being considered by the Cabinet.

However, the report said, the proposal had drawn the ire of driving institute operators who claim they might lose up to RM90 million annually.

The PSV course fee is from RM300 to RM400 per person.

The Sun Daily quoted Malaysian Driving Industry Standards and Modernisation Council President Hanafi Mat Zin as saying they would oppose SPAD’s plan.

The council is made up of representatives from the Transport Ministry, RTD and the Road Safety Department.

“We have invested a lot in the infrastructure including improving the standard of facilitators for PSV learner drivers. Who will bear our losses?” Hanafi said.