Most e-hailing drivers have applied for PSV licences

SEREMBAN, 16 Oct 2019:

The Negeri Sembilan Road Transport Department (RTD) found that 70% of the 117 e-hailing service drivers’ vehicles inspected had yet to complete the application process for the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence.

State Road Transport Department director Azrin Borhan said the figure was obtained through public support conducted from July until this month.

“The application process is not difficult but maybe the understanding of the processes that needs to be done makes it difficult to complete the application.

“The details of this (PSV application process) have actually been implemented before but it may need to be further enhanced to help the e-hailing drivers to understand it, thus making the application process easier,” he told reporters at a public auction of vehicles seized by RTD here, today.

Azrin said the state RTD e-hailing enforcement was currently using the advocacy approach. “So those still not having the PSV licence we advise them to get it immediately… most are registered but it is the process that is still incomplete.”

Last week, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook promised to be more lenient towards e-hailing drivers who had registered for their PSV examination or are taking steps to fulfil the requirements following the enforcement of the new e-hailing regulations on Oct 12.

Separately, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said transportation services like Gojek can help boost the e-commerce ecosystem in the country.

He said countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia had made two-wheel transportation networks a platform to spur the digital economy in their countries.

“If we look at Thailand, they had the best e-commerce delivery system (in the region) before the Grab bike service and Gojek joined…before the two (Grab and Gojek) came on board, they were handling about 10,000 packages a day but the number increased four-fold thereafter.

“This means small-time entrepreneurs can enjoy the benefits because the e-commerce economy grows rapidly. If we go to Bangkok, Indonesia or Vietnam, the people can order food at stalls to be delivered to their homes. We want this ecosystem because it can help the smaller players.”

Earlier, the minister had appeared as a guest on Bernama TV to discuss the subject ‘Why the need for Gojek’ together with Bernama chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, Bernama editor-in-chief Datuk Mokhtar Hussain and senior editors, at Wisma Bernama in Kuala Lumpur.

Syed Saddiq, who has been pushing for the Gojek service in Malaysia, said the two-wheel transportation service should be seen in a wider scope with diversified offerings like food and parcel deliveries and expanded to the digital economy overall.

“It is our responsibility to ensure the job ecosystem can be improved and at the same time it does not only involve two-wheel transportation, we need to look at it from food delivery, e-commerce delivery and many others.

“In terms of food delivery, in Malaysia now it is more towards established restaurants because of the lack of a good ecosystem where even a small stall in front of our house can participate in the informal economy via the digital economy.”

The Gojek service – which is very big in Indonesia – is not available in Malaysia yet. Currently the big players in the country in this segment are Grab, Food Panda and ‘Dah Makan”.

– Bernama