The time has come for all Grab and e-hailing drivers to undergo the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) course and get the PSV license, as required for taxi drivers. The period to comply is from January to July 2019, transport minister Anthony Loke said, reported by Bernama.

“E-hailing regulations have been gazetted. Registration of drivers will held from January to July 2019. After July 12 2019, we will start enforcing the new regulations as all e-hailing drivers must have PSV registration and licence and insurance. Vehicles which are more than three years old will be required to undergo inspection,” he said yesterday.

This is part of the government’s move to regulate the e-hailing industry and create a level playing field with taxis. Taxi groups have long complained about the ease of which one can be an e-hailing driver, with no need to comply to the regulations that they are subject to.

Earlier yesterday, Loke met with Big Blue Taxi adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (above right) – one of the most vocal individuals championing taxi rights – at parliament to discuss issues.

Loke also advised e-hailing drivers to not wait till the last minute to register for their PSV licence. He also welcomed more e-hailing operators. “It is open to any company. We do not want only one company to monopolise e-hailing service. If there are more players in the market, it would give rise healthy competition and benefit consumers,” he said.