LOCAL NEWS: P-HAILING RIDERS MUST TAKE A GDL LICENSE, TRANSPORT MINISTER

LOCAL NEWS: P-HAILING RIDERS MUST TAKE A GDL LICENSE, TRANSPORT MINISTER

The Ministry of Transport will present three bills to amend the Road Transport Act at the upcoming Dewan Rakyat session to protect the welfare and interests of p(arcel)-Hailing riders.

Transport Minister, Wee Ka Siong said e-Hailing riders are required to take a GDL license not to inconvenience them but rather it is only meant to regulate

Its minister, Wee Ka Siong said the amendment also required p-Hailing riders to take a vocational license (GDL).

He said the three acts were the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Act 1987 (Act 334) and the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715).

“This is for the purpose of regulation and setting the rules involved. The Cabinet Ministers has agreed that amendments be implemented on the three acts,” he said at a press conference at the Ministry of Transport after a meeting with representatives of the e-calling and p-calling associations.

In the meantime, Wee explained that the proposed amendment, among other things, aims to create a source of authority to regulate and set licensing rules for the service under Act 334 and Act 715.

He said, this ensures that there is insurance coverage for the rider or driver involved.

He said the amendment would also amend the age limit for p-Hailing riders that is for goods delivery motorcycles, to no less than 18 years compared to 21 years to obtain a GDL license.

“This age limit amendment will allow Malaysian to work as p-Hailing motorcycle riders when they have a competent driving license in the motorcycle class and then obtain a vocational license for that purpose.

“This decision will further open up opportunities for more people to join the gig economy sector to generate income through p-Hailing services and other delivery service platforms,” he said.

Commenting further, Wee explained that p-Hailing riders are required to take a GDL license not to inconvenience them but rather it is only intended to regulate.

Several representatives of the Malaysian e-call coalition movement were present in the meeting with Wee, namely the Malaysian e-call Industry Workers Welfare Association, Grab Drivers Malaysia Association, Perak Motorized Delivery Service Welfare Association (PKPPBP), Teksiku Driver Cooperative Berhad, Indian e-hailing Drivers Malaysia, Asean Youth Leadership Forum, e-hailing drivers including women are also together in this dialogue session.

This amendment also takes into account the views of various stakeholders.

“Today, I also held a dialogue session with the Malaysian e-Hailing Delivery Association (Penghantar), p-Hailing riders from various companies and also vendor representatives, Malaysia Food Delivery Association.

“The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed that the government through the MOT and the agencies under it, namely the Land Public Transport Agency (SPAD), the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) of the State of Sabah and the State of Sarawak to also regulate goods vehicle services provided by a delivery business, especially who use motorcycles,” he said.

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