JOHOR BARU: It is now the right time to have a ruling or a regulatory body to help p-hailing riders nationwide, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said at present there were no proper guidelines or a regulator specific for p-hailing riders, which is defined as food and parcel delivery using motorcycles.
“It is important to safeguard the welfare of p-hailing riders as they have made the field their main career.
“There must be a policy similar to e-hailing services.
“The government will look into this and hold discussions with related agencies to see how we can help protect p-hailing riders, ” he told a press conference after chairing the state MCA meeting yesterday.
Dr Wee, who is MCA president, said the ministry understood their hardship in delivering food and parcels, estimated to be over 100,000 riders nationwide.
He said p-hailing was part of the gig economy and the sector had grown tremendously, especially during the present movement control order.
“There is now higher demand for their services as more people are placing orders for online food delivery. Due to this, the government recently wants to make it compulsory for these riders to contribute to Socso.
“If they are able to make monthly contributions of RM13.10, then they will be entitled to get basic protection, ” he said, adding that p-hailing riders had a responsibility to ensure their safety and that of other road users when making deliveries.
Dr Wee also said there were public complaints about the behaviour of p-hailing riders while on the road, which could pose a risk to others.
“I already requested the Road Transport Department to hold a series of campaigns nationwide to increase the safety awareness for these riders.
“While earning an income, they should also ride responsibly and be considerate to other road users, ” he said.