PETALING JAYA: E-hailing drivers can apply for Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licences starting April 1 this year, says the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
The department said e-hailing drivers can register for the licence at driving institutes or e-hailing operator (EHO) driving centres that are approved by the department.
The PSV training modules will take six hours to complete, and the training fee is capped at RM200.
“The implementation (of this rule) involves all e-hailing drivers and vehicles that act as a public transport vehicle.
“In line with this, all e-hailing drivers are to be regarded as being on the same level as drivers of taxis, rented cars and luxury taxis,” the department said in a statement Wednesday (Mar 27).
The department also said that all e-hailing vehicles must display a special e-hailing sticker that will be issued by the e-hailing operator according to JPJ guidelines.
Owners of e-hailing vehicles that have been driven for less than three years must also change the car registration details to indicate that the vehicle is now a private e-hailing vehicle.
An application for such a change can be made at any JPJ state or branch nationwide, except for Urban Transformation Centres (UTC), starting April 1.
All e-hailing vehicles that have been driven for three years or more must undergo an inspection at Puspakom before changing the details of vehicle use.
The department clarified that the motor vehicle licence fee remains the same as a private vehicle user, which is following the engine power (cc) of the vehicle.
After July 12 this year, the department said, action will be taken against e-hailing drivers who have not applied for the PSV licence.