KUALA LUMPUR: The government is considering allowing the delivery of parcels using motorcycles to provide more employment opportunities for the public.
Deputy Transport Ministry Hasbi Habibollah said the service would be called “parcel e-hailing” or “p-hailing” to differentiate it from passenger services.
“E-hailing services will allow the B40 group to get jobs and improve their quality of life,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He added that the matter would likely be finalised by year-end, with licences and policies involving parcel delivery services to be taken into consideration.
Currently, only passenger e-hailing services are allowed in the country, he said.
He said over 200,000 e-hailing drivers were registered in 2018, the majority of whom were part-time and casual drivers.
This dropped to 100,000 drivers after new laws were imposed for e-hailing services the following year, according to data from 45 e-hailing companies.
He said the laws requiring e-hailing companies to register with the transport ministry and for drivers to obtain public service vehicle (PSV) licences was to ensure that the industry was governed by proper road safety rules and to help companies manage their services and drivers.
He was responding to Sim Tze Tzin (PH-Bayan Baru), who asked about the number of Malaysians involved in the gig economy since 2018.
Sim also asked about the steps taken to ensure the welfare of drivers.
Hasbi said the government was looking at medical insurance and PSV licence policies, and that drivers could make monthly contributions of RM13 to the Social Security Organisation.
“The government is also giving 70% discounts to settle summonses, to avoid them being blacklisted,” he said.