‘Get on digital platforms to increase earnings’

Rodziah preparing to hand over a food basket to a taxi driver during the programme. With her are Abdul Hamid (left) and his deputy Zulnaidy Zulkifli. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

TAXI and bus drivers should consider providing delivery services instead of just ferrying passengers for their income.

Selangor housing, urban well-being and entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said bus and taxi drivers affected by the movement control order due to the Covid-19 pandemic needed a change in mindset if they wanted to earn more.

“We are aware that some of them are not comfortable with change and are blaming free bus services and e-hailing, as well as Covid-19 for the drop in their income.

“They should get on the digital platform to look for more business revenue.

“I also understand that some of the drivers may not be IT savvy.

“In this case, family members, especially the younger generation, can help their elders, ” she said.

Rodziah was speaking at a press conference in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi after distributing food hampers to 33 taxi and bus drivers.

She pointed out that the state government had programmes in place to assist this sector of the transportation industry.

One of them is the Selangor Digital E-Supply Chain (Seldec) programme, an online delivery service.

Drivers who sign up will be given a digital gadget where they can accept assignments via the platform.

“Some 3,000 youths have registered to take advantage of job opportunities under the Seldec programme.

“Of this number, only 35 of the 7,919 taxi and bus drivers registered with Land Public Transport Agency have signed up.

“Thus, we need more participation from this sector, ” said Rodziah.

She said it would be a pity if taxi and bus drivers failed to take advantage of the situation to expand their services online.

“As the programme was only announced a week ago, we anticipate more will register.

“We have set a target for 10% of the total number of public transport drivers in Selangor by the end of the year, ” she said.

Also present at the event were Sepang Municipal Council president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain, who showed Rodziah around the commercial area that had undergone a RM5.5mil facelift with a new stage, additional stall lots and interlocking pavements on the main road.

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