Gojek awaits legal clarity on Malaysian bike hailing service

The bike-hailing company has not participated in a 6-month PoC pilot run, says Loke

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

GOJEK is awaiting clarity in bike-hailing regulation before deciding to roll out its service in Malaysia, according to Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture).

Loke said Gojek, Indonesia’s first unicorn, has not participated in a six-month proof of concept (PoC) pilot run of the two-wheeled ride-hailing service which is currently ongoing since January.

“As far as we are concerned, they (Gojek) have yet to start their service. I think they want more certainty in terms of regulation before they decide the way forward,” Loke said in Kuala Lumpur last Friday after announcing the commencement of motor vehicle licence renewal service at Puspakom Sdn Bhd centres.

He said current PoC trial in the Klang Valley involves local start-up company Dego Ride and few others.

The minister said data gathered from the pilot project will be used to evaluate the sustainability of bike-hailing services in the country to design a regulation that governs the industry.

Loke also said he will be visiting Jakarta, Indonesia, in the next few months to observe how bike-hailing services run in the city.

Meanwhile, Loke said the Transport Ministry has not decided to ban international cruise ships from docking in the country at the moment due to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.

He also maintained that only flights from Hubei Province and other locked down cities in China are currently banned from entering Malaysia.

“We have not banned any cruise ship but, of course, we will take measures to ensure body temperature and health conditions of anyone coming into our country are checked at every gateway,” Loke said.

The spread of the deadly virus and death toll are on an exponential rise with positive cases now found on cruise ships, causing thousands stuck in the vessels.

At present, Taiwan has banned cruise ship port of calls last week, while Japan denied entry to non-citizen cruise ship passengers on a virus-hit cruise liner from Hong Kong.

At the event, Loke announced that motor vehicle licence renewal of light commercial vehicle for heavy weight increase of 7,500kg and below can now be done at Puspakom centres.

The service is available at Puspakom Wangsa Maju and soon will be expanded to a total of 54 centres nationwide in stages.

Puspakom CEO Mohammed Shukor Ismail said the introduction of the service is part of the firm’s ongoing effort to create one-stop centres for vehicle-related services and customers’ convenience.

Puspakom has received approval from the Road Transport Department to offer the service at its inspection centres for road users.

Besides extending the road tax renewal to other types of vehicles, Mohammed Shukor said Puspakom would also provide other vehicle-related services in the future upon approval.