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E-hailing drivers registered for PSV exam given leeway

Days after the Road Transport Department declared that no further leeway will be given to e-hailing drivers, Transport Minister, Anthony Loke, had clarified over the weekend that the e-hailing regulation will be enforced gradually. He promised leniency towards e-hailing drivers who are in the final process of obtaining their passenger service vehicle (PSV) licence.

During the opening ceremony of the new Stesen KTM Komuter Nilai, the Minister has iterated that they are taking a gradual approach and will be providing more room to drivers as long as they have registered for their PSV exam or are taking steps to fulfil the requirements. He said that they have no problems giving them leeway as there might be some processes that will take time to complete.

He also assured drivers not to worry that the authorities would mount a big operation against them. However, he said that it doesn’t mean that the authorities would not conduct checks from car to car and detain drivers.

On 12th October, Grab drivers that are not compliant with the new regulations have been taken offline. According to Grab, most of the issues faced by registered drivers who can’t get new customers are insurance-related. They have confirmed that drivers must possess a PSV licence or have proof that they have passed their exam before they are allowed to accept new ride requests.

Grab told us a few days ago that only 41% of registered drivers have received their PSV licence, 7% have passed their exam and waiting for licence and 17% have completed their PSV training but awaiting for exam.

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We’ve reached out to Grab and MeHDA for clarity on the latest developments. We will update this post once we’ve received a response.


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Alexander Wong