The effects of the deadline of 12th July, to obtain public service vehicle (PSV) license for e-hailing services, can be seen even though it is months away. Drivers with Riding Pink, the first women-only ride-hailing service in Malaysia, are already abandoning the e-hailing service. Despite the company helping its drivers to obtain a PSV license, many are reluctant due to the financial investment required. This was stated in an interview with Riding Pink’s senior operation and manager Elina Ariffin.
“However, the moment they heard that the total cost could reach up to RM1,000, we started receiving requests to drop out. The process deters drivers from continuing with the service,”Source: Elina Ariffin, Riding Pink Senior Operation and Manager, NST
According to Elina, most drivers are women from the lower income B40 group who could not find the time to undergo the six-hour training session at driving centres and fulfilling it when it opens only during the weekdays. There are already 20 accounts closed by drivers who quit.
The new requirements include undergoing a six-hour training session at driving centres accredited by the Road Transport Department at a fee of RM200 for the PSV license, getting initial and annual vehicle checks at Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centres (Puspakom).Source: Malay Mail
However, according to Puspakom, there are 19 selected facilities with extended operating hours and open seven days a week to help e-hailing drivers fulfil the requirements needed prior to the deadline. Puspakom CEO, Shukor Ismail, also encouraged e-hailing operators and drivers to use the online appointment date system through its website or through its app, MYPUSPAKOM to plan their inspection.
Puspakom chief executive officer Shukor Ismail said e-hailing drivers with cars aged three years and above can bring their vehicles to their branches on Saturday and Sunday to take the opportunity for special e-hailing checks.Source: The Star
The coming implementation of PSV licensing has been met with negative response from e-hailing operators and drivers. According to one of the operators, Diff Ride, only 25% of the company drivers are full time and predicts that there will be a reduction of 90% in the number of their drivers from those who will quit once the requirement kicks in.
Grab Drivers Malaysia association president Arif Asyraf Ali said about 30 percent of the e-hailing company’s drivers are part-timers, noting that talk among drivers was that part-timers will generally opt out.Source: Malay Mail