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The road transport department (JPJ) says no further leeway will be given to e-hailing drivers with regards to enforcement once the new regulations for e-hailing come into effect tomorrow, October 12.
According to JPJ enforcement director Khairul Anwar Bachok, sufficient time had been given to e-hailing drivers to fulfil all conditions set for the new regulations, and this included a three-month grace period – from the original July 12 deadline – to educate themselves on what was needed.
As such, reasons like not having enough time to fulfil the conditions was unacceptable. “To me, enough time has been given. We cannot be too soft when it comes to enforcement of laws and regulations, lest we are accused of being too lenient,” he said in a Bernama report.
Last week, the JPJ and the land public transport agency (APAD) imposed two new requirements that e-hailing drivers would need to comply with in order to contiue operating once the regulations are enforced.
On top of the mandatory Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence, it was reported that drivers would now be required to have a printed copy of the eVP (e-hailing vehicle permit) and to convert their vehicle category from an individual private vehicle to an e-hailing private vehicle (AH).
Drivers lamented that they had little time to fulfil these conditions ahead of the deadline, but transport minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has since clarified that the AH code for private e-hailing vehicles will be registered automatically in the mySIKAP system and there was no need for drivers or car owners to go to JPJ to make any changes.
Loke also said that it will not be compulsory for e-hailing drivers to have a physical copy of the eVP. He said that the eVP number will be listed in the MySIKAP system, and drivers need not worry if they do not have the print-outs with them during the enforcement period.