Any e-hailing driver who refuses to apply for the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence by July 12 next year will be hauled up, warns transport minister Anthony Loke. According to a report by The Star, the ministry has made it clear to all e-hailing companies, particularly Grab, that there would be no extension beyond the July 12, 2019 deadline.

“As far as I am concerned, by July 12, we will enforce it. If they do not have PSV, they are subject to enforcement. Do not give us excuses that it is difficult as we are making it very easy. Any business that you want to be involved in, there are procedures,” Loke said.

“If you are earning a few thousand ringgit, are you not willing to attend a few hours for a PSV course and spend RM200 for the licence? There should be no excuse,” he added.

This is in response to reports that some e-hailing drivers were complaining that the PSV licence was unnecessary, and that they would protest by quitting a month before the enforcement date kicks in.

“We want to make it a level playing field. What taxi drivers have to go through, e-hailing drivers must also go through the same regulations. Make it fair for everyone so that we can have a harmonious situation. We are legalising them (e-hailing drivers), making it easier to operate without being harassed. Is that too much to ask – for a simple licence?” Loke said.

To recap, the move is part of the government’s plan 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. Well, things won’t be as ‘easy’ now. What’s your take on this, folks?