Umno Youth hits out at transport ministry ahead of PSV regulation

(From left) Hafizuddin Saifuldin, a former officer at the Prime Minister’s Office, with Umno Youth strategic director Wan Agyl Wan Hassan at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth today accused the transport ministry of failing to solve the problems faced by e-hailing drivers, two days before regulations requiring them to possess public service vehicle (PSV) licences come into force.

Its strategic director Wan Agyl Wan Hassan, who is also former head of policy and planning for the Land Public Transport Commission operation group, said the PSV licence requirement would result in a price surge and shortage of drivers.

“I am disappointed that the minister didn’t clearly explain the predicament faced by the drivers, especially the e-hailing companies,” he said at a press conference here.

He said the drivers had raised concerns, including over the PSV examination and the subsequent requirement for the e-hailing vehicle permit.

He added that only 25% of e-hailing drivers have registered so far, with only two days to go before the regulation comes into effect.

He asked if action would be taken against the 75% who have yet to register.

“If the government takes action against the drivers who are not registered, this is where it needs to realise that it is not fair,” he said.