E-hailing drivers to sit for test, have vehicle inspections

PUTRAJAYA: E-hailing drivers will be required to sit for a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license test and have their vehicles inspected at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) similar to taxi drivers, beginning tomorrow (July 12).

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pix) said these were among several regulatory procedures that will be implemented by the government to ensure a level-playing field between the e-hailing and conventional taxi industries.

All stakeholders will however be given a one-year moratorium effective tomorrow before the full implementation of the new procedures.

Under the new regulation, e-hailing services also require passengers to upload their identification cards or passports to provide more security for drivers.

Loke said e-hailing vehicles would also be required to be insured, including for the drivers, passengers and and third parties.

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