‘Grab drivers making excuses about PSV licence’

KUALA LUMPUR: Grab drivers’ complaints on difficulties in getting the public service vehicle (PSV) has been dismissed as excuses to delay the licensing requirement by the government in hopes that the new regulation won’t take place.

One of the common complaints according to Malaysia E-Hailing Drivers Association (Mehda) president Daryl Chong that the association received was that drivers were hoping that the Transport Ministry would not enforce the new regulation.

Despite the efforts by the association to help e-hailing drivers obtain the licence, drivers were not bothered about it, he added.

In addition to that complaint, another common excuses that the association heard were the lack of money and time for examination and training.

 “They have been given a year to take care of everything, but they can’t do it.

“Let’s say if they saved up to RM100 a month, they would have secured the licence ahead of the deadline.

“They need to manage their time and finances properly.

“The safety of passengers and drivers is crucial, which is why getting the licence is important,” said Chong.

Most part-time e-hailing drivers had also quit after citing difficulties in getting the licence.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced in November that e-hailing drivers were required to get the PSV licence beginning January.

Drivers would be given until tomorrow to get the licence including taking the PSV course. No more extension, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.

It was reported on Tuesday that only 10 per cent of Grab Malaysia’s active drivers had obtained their licences.

Grab drivers said that there had been long lines at Grab offices over the past few days as drivers who had yet to get the licence queued up to get the application forms.

Pictures of the lines had even appeared in the drivers’ closed community Facebook page, according to them.

Grab spokesman gave the following statements:

“Based on (news) articles, we understand from (the Transport Ministry) that if drivers do not have the PSV licence, they will not be able to drive. “With regard to drivers who are either waiting for their examination results, or are waiting for (the Road Transport Department) to provide the date for their examinations, we hope that the government would be lenient on the enforcement as they are going through the process.”

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