A press conference was held earlier today after the weekly Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya, where Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced a three-month deadline extension for e-hailing drivers to obtain their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license. Already a requirement for taxi drivers to operate their services, the PSV license was made into a mandatory requirement to all e-hailing drivers back in January and was initially given a six-month deadline. Failure to own the license is considered by authorities as illegal, and guilty individuals will face a six-months jail sentence and a fine of not more than MYR 20,000.
It was previously reported that only a small number of active e-hailing drivers from services such as Grab have obtained their PSV licenses, while the remainder have yet to comply. In response to this issue, Loke suggests that the extension serves as a “soft-landing” approach towards regulating the e-hailing industry and giving drivers more time to obtain their licenses. Along with the deadline extension, he also stated that the ministry and the Road Transport Department (RTD) will also enforce the new regulations by educating e-hailing drivers.
This will indeed bring a sigh of relief for Grab users in Malaysia. A research previously predicted that e-hailing services would experience a spike of up to 50% in fares after July 12 as a repercussion to the service if a majority of drivers fail to comply with this regulation. While this extension will still allow Grab drivers to provide their services, it is clear that they are still running on borrowed time. So for our readers who actively providing Grab services, it’s advised that you don’t take this given time for granted and obtain your PSV license in order to avoid any unfortunate circumstances. As always, drive safe.