Taxi drivers receiving free heath screening at the event.
RAIN or shine, taxi drivers are always on the move, trying to earn a decent living by ferrying passengers around the city.
Often, they do not take a day off or even spend time getting a health check-up, which could not only pose a danger to them but also their passengers.
To ensure taxi drivers’ needs are met, MyTeksi partnered with BP Healthcare Group recently to offer discounts on basic health screening and health care packages to its taxi drivers in the country.
“Taxi drivers need to be healthy to perform well in their job.
“Driving a car around town is a tough job and they spend long hours behind the wheel, sometimes even skipping meals if they get stuck in a traffic jam,” said BP Healthcare Group managing director Datuk Chevy Beh at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MyTeksi recently.
The MoU will see both companies working together in creating awareness campaigns on health and well-being to serve thousands of MyTeksi drivers and users.
Beh said the BP Healthcare would be introducing two packages for both drivers and their family members as well as another designed for passengers.
The drivers and their family members package includes 60 tests, from renal function and liver function to Hepatitis B screening, body composition analysis and audiometry priced at RM120 per person while the passenger package, which has additional tests, priced at RM400.
“Instead of asking drivers to take only the drug tests, we are going beyond by offering more tests, including vision and hearing because these senses are also very important when it comes to driving,” said Beh, adding that he was glad that MyTeksi looked into the welfare and safety of drivers as well as passengers.
The homegrown Internet-based taxi booking service MyTeksi, currently serves more than 20,000 taxi drivers in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines while its mobile application has been downloaded onto more than one million mobile devices.
MyTeksi general manager Adelene Foo said the company recognised the drivers’ hard work and was constantly trying to improve other aspects of the drivers’ well-being such as their health.
“We want to provide affordable health care service to them as part of our commitment in assisting them to generate more income,” she said at the ceremony.
The exclusive health packages will be available for three months and both companies hope to cater to taxi drivers registered with MyTeksi and passengers nationwide.