Socso to draft Self–Employed Act for taxi drivers


IPOH: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will draft a new Act, known as the Self-Employed Act to administer Socso schemes for taxi drivers nationwide.

Socso chief executive Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said if the Bill is passed, taxi drivers would enjoy the same benefits as other workers under the Contract of Service scheme.

He said the Bill was still in the drafting process and was expected to be tabled in Parliament early next year.

“This scheme can secure the future and well-being of taxi drivers who previously had to buy insurance policies on their own,” he told a news conference after the Socso Deepavali celebration 2016 here yesterday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, when tabling the 2017 Budget recently, announced a Socso scheme for individual taxi drivers with a monthly income of up to RM3,000, through an allocation of RM60 million in the budget.

Najib, who is also finance minister, said under the scheme, taxi drivers were required to contribute between RM157 and RM443 per annum which is only RM13.08 a month.

According to Mohammed Azman, a total of 73,000 taxi drivers across the country would benefit from the scheme.

In the meantime, he was expecting an increase of 500,000 new active workers to be registered, bringing the total registered employees to 6.5 million.

“So far, 6.4 million workers have registered with Socso nationwide, with Perak recording the highest number of 1.2 million people,” he said.