PETALING JAYA: A taxi association said today one reason why the number of driver’s accreditation card renewals is low is the refusal of some taxi companies to release the relevant documents, such as the permit, to the drivers so that they can apply for renewal.
Gabungan Teksi SeMalaysia president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain said: “Actually, we raised this issue twice during the Economic Action Council meeting under the Prime Minister’s Department, but to this day we do not see any concrete effort by the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) to resolve the issue.
“We believe that if this matter is not solved, many taxi drivers will not be able to renew their driver’s card and won’t be able to receive the assistance that the government has provided,” he told FMT.
Yesterday, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong urged 21,000 taxi drivers to renew their driver’s accreditation card or risk not getting a RM600 cash handout under the government’s Prihatin economic stimulus package.
In a Facebook post, he had said only 8,743 taxi drivers out of 30,000 had renewed their expired driver’s cards as of June 14.
“This makes the government’s efforts more difficult to distribute the RM600 one-off Prihatin financial assistance to help taxi drivers battling tough times because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Wee had said.
Kamarudin charged that there was too much bureaucracy when it came to the taxi industry, adding that the authorities seemed to take more care of the companies’ interests.
“We hope the government, especially Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, sees the seriousness of this issue. If not, none of the issues in the taxi industry can be solved and the industry will die,” he said.
On March 27, Muhyiddin announced an economic stimulus package, which included provision of a one-off RM500 payment to 120,000 e-hailing drivers and RM600 to taxi drivers starting April 1.
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