KUALA LUMPUR: Registration and contribution to the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS), will be made compulsory for those applying to renew their vocational licence.
The move to place them under the self-employed category is in line with the Road Transport Bill (Amendment) 2023 that was passed after a debate by 12 senators at Dewan Negara today.
Deputy transport minister Hasbi Habibollah said it would involve self-employed public service vehicles (PSV) and goods vehicle licence (GDL) holders driving taxis, buses and goods vehicles and those involved in e-hailing or p-hailing.
“Members of these groups can make their contributions through the website or contact Socso (Social Security Organisation) directly,” he said in the ministry’s winding-up speech.
Hasbi said the Road Transport Bill (Amendment) 2023 was aimed at amending the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) and involved 13 clauses.
He said the amendment also involved Clause Six of Section 56 which stipulates the granting of vocational licences only to individuals who have a fully competent driver’s licence.
Clause Seven, Section 57, requires all tour bus drivers to have a vocational licence.
Meanwhile, Hasbi said once the amendments to the bill were gazetted, the new road transport department (JPJ) officers’ uniforms will have certain security features.
This is to ensure they are not easily replicated and subsequently abused.
The specifications for the uniform of JPJ officers will be set under subsidiary legislation.
He said any party found to have copied the uniform would be committing an offence and action could be taken against them.