Only 5% of taxi, e-hailing drivers registered with Socso

Socso’s Ismail Abi Hashim says awareness among taxi drivers of the scheme’s benefits is still low.

tekSITIAWAN: Only 5% of taxi, Uber and Grab drivers in the country have registered with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) under the Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme.

Socso self-employed scheme division head Ismail Abi Hashim said drivers’ awareness of the scheme, which provides insurance coverage if they are involved in an accident while working, was still low.

“If we look at the total amount of those who have signed up to contribute, the number is still too small with only about 3,300 drivers nationwide,” he told a press conference yesterday.

According to Ismail, drivers in the Klang Valley have recorded the highest number of contributors for the scheme.

“The awareness among taxi drivers is still not at the level we expect. We will approach them to explain the benefits while they are at work and in case of death while on duty,” he added.