Malaysian Uber and Grab drivers must have digital drivers card soon
Drivers will also be screened for past disciplinary violations
By Farezza Hanum Rashid
The approval of the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 has allowed Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to regulate e-hailing services.
This includes intermediation of business licences where e-hailing operators must obtain such licences from SPAD before legally operating.
Under this, SPAD will be overseeing the renewal of license, revocation or suspension of licence and prohibition of transfer of licence, among others.
As safety is of utmost priority, SPAD, with the police and the Road Transport Department, will also screen drivers to check for any disciplinary violations.
SPAD Chief Executive Officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said if the driver has multiple records of speeding, it shows his behaviour as a road user and that could affect their licences.
A driver must also own a digital Driver’s Card which will contain his details.
“We have asked service providers to process their drivers’ data which we will submit to the police. Once the Bill has been gazetted, the data will go on their Driver’s Card,” Mohd Azharuddin said.
He added that the Bill is expected to be gazetted in October this year.
Taxi drivers were not left out in the amendment of the Bill, where Mohd Azharuddin said they will have the option of charging estimated fares similar to e-hailing, apart from the traditional meter system.