PETALING JAYA: Malaysian E-hailing Drivers Association (MeHDA) president Daryl Chong has lauded the government’s move to allow unlicensed e-hailing drivers to operate for another three months from today.
He said the move meant passengers would not face long waiting periods nor have to pay higher fares for their rides.
“The situation today (yesterday) won’t happen again, as things will remain status quo for the next three months.
“This will also give the relevant government agencies ample time to process and issue the e-hailing vehicle permit (EVP) to drivers,” he said when contacted.
As the move will allow more time for drivers to apply for the PSV licence over the next three months, Chong said drivers should not give more excuses.
“They should take the opportunity and act fast to be compliant,” he said.
Grab Drivers Malaysia Association president Arif Asyraf Ali concurred, saying the announcement was indeed “great news” especially to those who are still not PSV-ready.
“More drivers on the road means a stable supply to meet demand. This will stabilise the fares, as the distance between passengers and drivers will be closer,” he said.
Dacsee Sdn Bhd chief executive Lim Chiew Shan, in welcoming the announcement, said e-hailing operators are trying to encourage drivers to comply with government regulations.
“However, the majority of drivers are part-timers trying to earn a little extra for their expenses,” he said.
Ideal Technology Advancement Sdn Bhd chief executive Ong Chin Keong said the process to obtain the licence can be cumbersome.
“Hopefully with the three-month extension, more drivers can obtain the PSV,” he said.
Mula Car International Sdn Bhd Kuala Lumpur branch manager Kumeran Sagathevan said he expected fares to return to normal.
Grab Malaysia said that the company was “truly appreciative” of the new ruling to allow unregulated drivers to go on the road for another three months.
“Within hours today, we had already experienced a drop of almost 20% in the number of driver-partners on the road, which resulted in difficulties for our passengers in getting a ride, and a loss of income for many of our driver-partners.
“We think this is a fair decision by the minister,” said a spokesperson.
Following the ruling, the company’s immediate focus will be to help solve the capacity issues in the Road Transport Department that were not designed to handle such a large volume of PSV applications.