P-hailing rider soon to require a specific license, registration

The process will not overburden the riders, it will help the govt to build a database for better regulation

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by TMR FILE

THE Transport Ministry (MoT) is considering a specific vocational license for p-hailing riders for better regulation and supervision.

In a recent news conference, MoT Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong stated that p-hailing riders will soon need to obtain registration and licenses to be recognised and to build a database for better regulation.

“We have yet to decide when the registration and license take place, but the goal is to ensure riders are regulated and that we have a complete database of all riders in the nation without unduly burdening them,” he said.

He rejected the statement that previously said delivery riders need to obtain the Goods Driving License (GDL) which has stirred a confusion among them and create many roadblock

Wee stressed that the license is not similar to GDL where the drivers need to go to through bureaucratic red tape such as car or any Puspakom’s inspection.

“There will be no car inspection or as such and the rider will not go through those process, and that is not true and won’t be necessary since many are doing it part time or small-scale basis,” Wee stressed.

He noted that those amendments are only for the purpose to recognise, supervised and setting regulation which also include providing them with social security protection in the future.

“Currently, we don’t have any full database or information of the p-hailing riders in the country and with the registration, we can identify, provide security and address related concerns among them,” he said.

The requirement is expected to take effect after the legislation namely Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) are amended.

He also noted that as of now, the industry is still not regulated under any agency and MoT has yet held any mandate to regulate them. 

He guaranteed that the registration process will not overburden the riders and instead will recognise and reward their participation. 

Additionally, according to Wee, the purpose of vocational license and registration is to ensure the riders obey traffic laws, drive responsibly and prevent any conflicts with other road users.

“It was found that 62% of riders stopped at yellow squares or pedestrian crossings, 14% held phones and hit traffic lights, 7% made illegal U-turns and 3% went against the traffic flow,” he said.

This is based on CCTV at the Transport Management Centre on 11 roads in Kuala Lumpur involving 16,308 riders.

He pointed out that the registration may also promote and foster the growth of the gig economy while ensuring everything is done in a way that benefits all parties.

“We will ensure to engage all the stakeholders, such as e-hailing operators, and we welcome any suggestions from the player,” he concluded.