PETALING JAYA: There have been times when passengers of Siti Fatimah Badrun get a shock when they enter her car.
Siti Fatimah, 37, who was born with congenital disability of her legs, is wheelchair-bound.
She uses her hand to control the accelerator of her car, which was modified by her husband Niyaz Naathan, who is also wheelchair-bound because of polio.
The couple, who have been married for five years, started driving part-time a few months ago on the Grab platform for income.
“People are shocked at first but after a while they get used to it,” said Siti Fatimah.
She said that she could earn between RM100 and RM200 for four hours of driving.
“We can’t let our disabilities be a hindrance,” she explained.
“We have to grab any opportunity that are out there,” said the 37-year-old who is from Selangor.
She received her Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence from Transport Minister Anthony Loke during a special ceremony at Grab’s headquarters yesterday.
Siti Fatimah was one of 209 disabled drivers who have obtained their PSV licences.
According to Loke, 367 disabled drivers had registered their interest for the PSV licence, with 225 taking the PSV test.
He said the drivers proved that disabilities were not a deterrent and they had used it as a motivation to pursue success.
“It is sad that there are those who are normal and able but create millions of excuses to not obtain their PSV licences,” he said during a press conference after the ceremony.
When asked whether fares would be regulated, Loke said there were no plans to do so although they would be looking at the various developments in other countries, some of which had already started to regulate fares.
“We will continue to monitor it.
“Our policies are not static; we are dynamic.
“And we will always look at the development and changes around us,” he said.
Loke added that the ministry wanted to ensure that the services to the public would continue and that the fares would remain reasonable.
“It is to their benefit to keep the fare low because if you increase the fair, passenger (numbers) will drop,” he said.
He said they would work with the different e-hailing operators to ensure that fares would not increase drastically.
Out of the 367 disabled drivers who registered for PSV licences, 209 passed their exams.
They were from Grab, MyCar, DACSEE and EzCAB.
The government had set July 12 for all e-hailing drivers to apply for a PSV licence, which is also required for taxi drivers.