E-hailers just giving excuses on PSV licence, says association

E-hailing drivers have been given until July 12 this year to obtain their PSV licence.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia E-Hailing Drivers Association (Mehda) believes claims that e-hailing drivers are facing issues in obtaining their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence are mere excuses to delay implementation of the requirement by the government.

Its president, Daryl Chong, said the claims were due to the majority of the drivers hoping that the PSV licence regulation would not take place as planned by the transport ministry.

‘’Based on the feedback obtained from our drivers, many of them have been hoping the government will do a U-turn and cancel the PSV licence requirement.

‘’However, we have bucked the trend since April 1, with Medha helping out all e-hailing drivers, regardless of their membership, via WhatsApp and hotlines for them to obtain their PSV licence,’’ Chong said in a statement here today.

Recently, the Grab Drivers Malaysia Association (GDMA) had called for a reform of the PSV licence, including asking for the July 12 deadline to be extended for them to get the commercial licence.

GDMA president Arif Asyraf Ali was reported as saying that less than 10% of the 200,000 drivers for the e-hailing service are now PSV-ready and cited factors such as steep fees, difficult tests and unprofessional instructors as among the problems faced by them.

However, Chong disagreed, saying that driving schools were aware of the necessity for e-hailing drivers to obtain the PSV licence and have worked out ways to ensure the process runs smoothly.

‘’Our association has cooperated with a driving institute in Sungai Buloh, which has given us discounted rates to obtain the licence.

“The same goes for a driving academy in Nilai which is giving us special rates.

“At these two schools, our members have faced no complaints and it was glitch-free.

‘’We have prepared our drivers for this PSV course by sharing the official electronic textbook on Facebook and WhatsApp chat groups,’’ Chong added.

He said his association hoped the government would look further into the new system for e-hailing drivers, especially special needs (OKU) drivers, and regulation of fares.

In November 2018, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said all e-hailing drivers had to register for the PSV licence, just like taxi drivers, from January this year.

Loke said drivers were given until July 12 this year to obtain their PSV licence.