SEREMBAN: The details on the legalisation of motorcycle e-hailing here will be worked out following a detailed study, following the Cabinet’s in-principle approval on Wednesday.
“Actual implementation will be based on a study to be conducted by the Transport Ministry, ” said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
Loke said his Cabinet colleagues have given him a month to compile the mechanics of introducing the service here, which will include aspects such as the legal framework, safety, insurance coverage, enforcement, as well as cultural sensitivities.
“The Cabinet has only agreed to it in-principle, and this does not mean we can start the service tomorrow.
“My colleagues merely said they have no objections, and many feel it is good as it promotes entrepreneurship, enterprise, e-commerce and other micro businesses, ” he told reporters after launching the Seremban-level “Fly The Jalur Gemilang” campaign at SMK Panchor here yesterday.
Loke, who said road safety would be given utmost priority in the study, also denied that Indonesia’s Gojek has been given the nod to run the service here.
“They have not even submitted an application to provide such a service. They have only submitted a proposal on how this can be run, ” he said, adding that the Cabinet was in favour of motorcycle e-hailing as it would complement the public transport system.
“What is certain is that it would not replace the LRT, MRT or buses. What it will do is provide the first-and-last mile connectivity and help get people from their homes to the rail or bus network and from the last stop to their offices or nearby destinations, ” he said.
E-hailing took the limelight this week when Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman arranged a meeting between Gojek founder, Nadiem Makarim, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Loke.
Meanwhile, Sean Goh, head of Grab Malaysia, welcomes this positive development for the on-demand economy using motorcycles in Malaysia.
“Grab notes the Cabinet’s in-principle support, as well as the safety concerns of the same.
“While the government considers the legalisation of motorcycle e-hailing in Malaysia, we believe it is important to address the single most critical aspect of this service – the safety of motorcyclists, passengers and the broader community – taking into account local road infrastructure, traffic conditions and safety records.
“Should Malaysia choose to embrace motorcycle ride-hailing as a core mode of transport, we are prepared to implement our regional safety product enhancements and innovations for motorcycles. We strongly recommend that the PSV (public service vehicle) regulations mandate the development of a separate set of stringent, motorcycle-specific safety features to protect the public, ” said Goh.
Grab already has a sizeable foothold in the on-demand business model here using motorcycles through its vast network of delivery riders.
Should motorcycle e-hailing become a reality here, consumers can expect Grab and Gojek, which is backed by Google, Tencent and Visa (among others), to slug it out toe-to-toe, just like what they are currently doing in Indonesia.