PSV programme for OKU e-hailing drivers

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

There are 367 specially-abled (OKU) e-hailing drivers registered under e-Hailing Operators (EHO) who have undertaken the public service vehicle (PSV) license programme.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook (picture) said in order for the OKU drivers to maintain their source of income following the PSV license implementation on July 11, the ministry has provided a way for them to obtain the license.

“The government is aware that technological development has provided more opportunities for all types of persons in the community to increase their income via e-hailing, including OKU persons. 

“As a government that is concerned on the livelihood of all rakyat, we have taken the initiative so that existing e-hailing drivers including ones from the OKU group can register through an established process,” he said.

“MoT through the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), Road Transport Department (JPJ), and the Health Ministry, has arranged a special session for OKU e-hailing drivers to take up health examination, PSV training and written exam for the license,” he said in his keynote speech for the programme.

The programme was held from June 18 to June 27, while the written examination was held today.

During the programme, a health examination was held at the Rehabilitation Hospital in Cheras, where 257 out of 367 candidates attended, and 256 were found to be eligible for the written examination.

The health examination was followed by training sessions at driving institutions or EHO training centres registered under JPJ.

Drivers could either attend the training via online or call for six hours based on the module provided by JPJ. Following this was a written examination held at MoT yesterday, handled entirely by JPJ.

Loke said the one-and-a-half-hour written examination consisted of 60 questions.

“JPJ will announce the results and distribute PSV cards five days after the evaluation,” he said.

Successful drivers will receive their PSV cards from their respective EHOs, who have sponsored as much as RM320 per driver for the programme. 

The cost covered training (RM190), registration (RM10), health examination (RM100) and PSV card (RM20).

The PSV measure was announced last November by MoT and it was reported that industry experts expected e-hailing services to let go 50% of their existing drivers, since most did not apply for the license as of June.