E-hailing companies hail 3-month extension to get PSV licence

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president Tan Kok Liang (centre) with representatives of e-hailing providers Dacsee, Ciaoz2u, MULA Car and Nuccar, who will be providing transport services to tourists.

KUALA LUMPUR: Several e-hailing companies have welcomed the transport ministry’s decision to allow another three months for drivers to obtain their public service vehicle (PSV) licence after the initial deadline passed today.

Dacsee CEO Lim Chiew Shan told FMT this move will ensure an ample number of drivers, while giving more time for part-time drivers to obtain their PSV licence.

He also said only about 5% of the platform’s drivers had managed to obtain their PSV licence to date.

“We will utilise this extension to get all our drivers to comply with the ruling,” said Lim.

Earlier today, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said the three-month extension would ensure there was was no disruption in e-hailing services to members of the public.

When asked on the high cost drivers face in applying for the licence, Lim said his company offered fee sponsorship for some of its full-time drivers and rebates for part-time drivers.

MULA Car KL branch manager Kumeran Sagathevan expects ride-hailing prices and availability to be back to normal tomorrow following the ministry’s announcement.

He was optimistic that 70% of the platform’s drivers would have obtained their PSV licence by the end of the three months.

Representatives from Dacsee, Ciaoz2u, MULA Car and Nuccar were present to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) at Sunway Putra Hotel today.

The collaboration will maximise the fleet of vehicles available for tourists, said Matta president Tan Kok Liang.

Grab Malaysia also welcomed Loke’s announcement of a “soft landing” approach, noting that it had already experienced a drop of almost 20% in the number of its drivers on the road.

This, in turn, had resulted in difficulties for their customers in getting a ride and led to a loss of income for many of its drivers.

“We think this is a fair decision by the minister, a stark departure from statements made by certain parties against our drivers,” it said in a statement, adding that it was alleged that its drivers were making excuses in applying for the PSV, despite being given 12 months to do so.