E-hailing drivers to receive one-off incentive payment on Monday

Taxi drivers who have received the RM600 assistance are not eligible for the handout

by NUR HANANI AZMAN/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE one-off incentive payment under the Prihatin Rakyat economic stimulus package for over 90,000 e-hailing drivers will be disbursed on Monday (April 20).

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the aid of RM500 for each driver is to assist full-time drivers who are earning at least RM1,200 a month.

“As previously announced, the government has reduced the qualifying minimum salary requirement for full-time e-hailing drivers from RM2,000 to RM1,200.

“This is to ensure the eligibility of a larger number of drivers, especially those based outside city centres,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Over 40 e-hailing operators gave their feedback and assisted the government in identifying qualified e-hailing drivers.

Based on the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) twitter account @APADchannel, the one-off payment is only for full-time e-hailing drivers.

APAD said the scheme is also only applicable to Malaysian citizens who possess valid vocational driving licences registered with the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

The vehicles must be licensed with the e-hailing Vehicle Permit (eVP) under APAD and the drivers’ monthly gross income must be at least RM1,200 (based on the total collection of November 2019, December 2019 or January 2020).

APAD said taxi drivers who are recipients of the RM600 assistance under the economic stimulus package initiative that was announced on Feb 27, 2020, are not eligible for the handout. Under the scheme, the government is expected to allocate funds to e-hailing operators (EHOs) which would be in turn disbursing to eligible drivers.

Full-time e-hailing drivers who did not earn up to RM1,200 and do not make the list can appeal by submitting their applications to the official APAD portal.

The appeal platform is currently being developed and all updates on its status are available on the APAD website apad.gov.my beginning May 2020.

Eligibility as a full-time e-hailing driver will also be determined by taking into account the length of time the driver operates before the start of the Movement Control Order.

Full-time e-hailing drivers who face problems to get the payment are advised to update their status with their respective EHOs and submit appeals at the official APAD portal.

APAD added that the review platform, which would further determine drivers’ eligibility for the aid, is also being developed and its status will be updated on the agency’s and ministry’s website.