KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of the policies to enable e-hailing drivers to obtain their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence have to be fixed at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) level, says Umno Youth.
Its strategic director Wan Agyl Wan Hassan said JPJ has to be reformed, as the inconsistencies between the policies made by Transport Minister Anthony Loke and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) have to be resolved.
"I think the minister failed to understand that the real problem is at JPJ level. (This was seen) when JPJ introduced new regulations at the last minute," he said during a press conference on Thursday (Oct 10).
On Monday (Oct 7), Malaysia E-Hailing Drivers Association (MeHDA) said e-hailing drivers had two new requirements to fill if they wanted to be on the road come Oct 12.
MeHDA said a meeting between the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), JPJ, and e-hailing operators last Friday stated that drivers were now required to have a physical e-hailing vehicle permit (eVP) and to convert their vehicle category from individual private vehicle to e-hailing private vehicle (AH).
However, Loke clarified that e-hailing drivers will not need to convert their vehicle status, adding that it was also not compulsory for them to print out their eVP.
Wan Agyl, who was the former Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) policy and planning chief before it was disbanded in 2018, called for JPJ to be transformed and reformed.
He also questioned the inability of issuing PSV and licences eVPs digitally.
Wan Agyl noted that the failure of the Ministry to address these issues would result in an undersupply of e-hailing drivers and the increase of fare surges during peak hours.
Wan Agyl also expects only 55% of e-hailing drivers to comply with all e-hailing regulations, including getting their PSV licence and eVP by Oct 12.
The Government had initially set a July 12 deadline but the Cabinet deferred it to Oct 12 to give drivers more time.
According to Apad, there are currently 167,000 e-hailing drivers in Malaysia.