GEORGE TOWN: The government has decided to lower the age limit for motorcycle-based delivery riders from 21 to 18, says transport minister Wee Ka Siong.
He said this move was to allow more youths to earn an income from the p-hailing (delivery riders) services offered by various companies.
“The amendment will be tabled at the next Parliament sitting.
“This will allow younger Malaysians to earn extra income or possibly consider a career in the gig economy,” he said when contacted.
The change is part of a larger bill proposed by the transport ministry to amend the Road Transport Act 1987, which includes three other significant amendments.
Under the proposed changes, tour bus drivers will be required to have vocational licences, like all other bus drivers.
Wee said a temporary vehicle ownership certificate would also be made part of the law for used car dealers to protect the rights of consumers.
This certificate would give dealers temporary possession of the car after a sale by the owner.
Wee said this measure had already been established in 2011 as an administrative rule, but would now be made law.
Wee said data from the high-speed weighing system used for heavy vehicles would also be recognised under the new amendments, replacing manual weighing.
“This will ensure higher compliance of the relevant rules by all owners, especially goods vehicles. Ultimately, this will lead to safer roads,” he said.
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