Socso dismisses cabbies’ claim of lack of clarity in protection scheme

Socso says it held briefing sessions for cabbies on its Self-Employment Social Security Scheme. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Socso today dismissed a claim by taxi drivers that they are not signing up for the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme because they are unclear about the benefits.

The scheme is said to have been designed to provide social security for the self-employed.

In a statement, Socso said it began reaching out to target groups in 2017 and that until last May, a total of 1,324 town hall sessions had been held nationwide.

“The sessions involved all 406 taxi and car rental driver associations registered with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) as well as private vehicle drivers.

“Among the activities held were briefing sessions for cabbies, the opening of Socso counters as well as the distribution of flyers at taxi terminals,” it said in a statement.

Socso was responding to remarks by Big Blue Taxi Services founder Shamsubahrin Ismail that cabbies were not signing up for the scheme because they were unclear about its benefits.

A total of 14,500 taxi and e-hailing drivers are reported to have registered with Socso, whose chief executive, Azman Aziz, said the drivers have until the end of June to do so.

Failure to register would result in compound fines of between RM500 and RM4,000.

Socso said that on May 8, a programme was held with Gabungan Taxi SeMalaysia (GTSM), with focus given to promoting the self-employment scheme.

It said the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 came into force in June that year and that it was initially limited to taxi drivers. On Nov 1 last year, it was extended to e-hailing drivers.

“During that meeting, all those present understood the benefits behind the self-employment scheme,” it said.

Socso said 123 members had received various benefits since the scheme was introduced.