With ride-hailing services such as Uber and GrabCar set to be legalised once amendments to the law are implemented by October this year, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has issued a series of requirements to drivers that are looking to offer such services.

For starters, the vehicles used cannot be over five years old from the date of registration with the Road Transport Department (JPJ), and those that are will not be allowed to be registered for ride-hailing services.

The vehicles will also have to undergo annual Puspakom inspections after three years from the date of registration. “You must comply with standards to ensure the vehicle is safe since you are providing a commercial service,” said Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah, chief executive officer of SPAD in a report by The Star.

Driver will also be required to register with SPAD, and are required to obtain a digital Driver’s Card, own a competent driver’s license, attend customer service-oriented training, and undergo checks for outstanding criminal records or summonses. “Currently, there are 180,000 ride-hailing drivers but 70% of them are part-time drivers,” said Mohd Azharuddin.

Other rules include compulsory insurance coverage for drivers, passengers, vehicles and third parties by ride-hailing operators, a panic button, GPS tracking capabilities and a rating system so passengers can provide their feedback.

The amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 and will involve improvements to the pajak (leasing) model used by the taxi industry.

Among them are rent-free day for Puspakom inspection, annual and sick leave, driver’s personal insurance, and profit sharing between taxi drivers and operators for advertisements featured on vehicles.

“Taxi drivers now have the option to purchase any vehicle model for new taxis as long as it meets standards under the New Car Assessment Programme for South-East Asia (Asean NCAP),” added Mohd Azharuddin.