By DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
IT IS not the end of the road for e-hailing drivers who have failed their passenger service vehicle (PSV) tests for more than three times.
As part of the government’s efforts to assist e-hailing drivers to obtain their PSV licences, Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture) said there will be an option to take the test verbally, as most of them failed was due to language (reading) incompetency.
“For those who have failed the exam more than three times, we will give them a special examination. We are looking at perhaps allowing them to take an oral course, as for some, their understanding in terms of reading the language medium might be inadequate,” he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
Loke was responding to MP Fong Kui Lun’s (Pakatan Harapan-Bukit Bintang) question on the government’s efforts to assist e-hailing drivers who have failed to obtain PSV licences.
He highlighted that a total of 91,978 e-hailing drivers had obtained their PSV licences as of Dec 2, while 42,818 candidates had failed their tests.
“However, I would like to emphasise that although 42,818 candidates failed, most of them have retaken the test and passed,” Loke said in response to the original question regarding the number of e-hailing drivers who have obtained the PSV licences.
The PSV licence issued by the Road Transport Department is inclusive for all public service vehicle drivers, including taxis and buses. There are 358,944 active PSV licences, which include e-hailing, bus and taxi drivers.
“Taxi drivers make up 28,860 of those who have PSV licences. Taxi drivers have a choice. Aside from being a traditional taxi driver, they can also use the e-hailing system and pick up passengers from mobile apps,” Loke said.
Loke reiterated the availability of e-hailing services that enable passengers to choose faster, cheaper and more efficient public services.
“E-hailing would also provide job opportunities for all groups, including the disabled and female drivers, according to the requirements.
“Drivers can also choose to work full-time or be part-time e-hailing drivers to supplement their main income,” he added.
Initially, the government had set Oct 12 this year as the deadline for drivers to comply with all e-hailing regulations.
They are required to have the PSV licence, passenger insurance, an e-hailing sticker and the e-hailing vehicle permit (EVP) from the Land Public Transport Agency.
To an additional question by MP Mastura Mohd Yazid (Barisan Nasional-Kuala Kangsar), who asked on the safety of women using motorcycle e-hailing services like Gojek, Loke said he would also look into the possibility of having women riders.
For Grab, effective Nov 1 this year, if drivers completed their PSV training at any driving institute, they will receive RM100 cash reimbursement for the training and an extra RM50 bonus, if a copy of their PSV licence and vehicle details for e-hailing vehicle permit is submitted by year-end.