Despite all ride-hailing drivers needing a public service vehicle (PSV) licence by July 12 in order to continue business, it seems response to obtaining the necessary requirements is still soft, at least where vehicle inspection is concerned.

Up to April 10, only 35 of the estimated 200,000-odd ride-hailing vehicles in the country have undergone Puspakom inspection, Bernama reports. Part of the requirement for obtaining a PSV licence includes mandatory Puspakom inspection for cars that are over three years old, for which the initial inspection fee is RM75. There’s an additional RM25 for a re-inspection should the driver fail the initial inspection. Subsequent inspections annually to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy every year is RM55.

According to Puspakom CEO Mohammed Shukor Ismail, drivers do not need get their PSV licences first before sending their cars for a Puspakom inspection. He urged ride-hailing drivers not to wait until the last minute before sending their vehicles for the inspection.

“This is to avoid any problems such as not getting approved within the stipulated time, or congestion at the last minute,” he said, adding that the company has extended its operations hours to seven days a week at 19 selected branches to ensure ride-hailing vehicle drivers will be served.

Registration for the licence, which involves sitting for a six-hour training course at a cost of RM200, began on April 1 at authorised e-Hailing Operator (eHO) driving institutes and training centres. Drivers also need to pass criminal background and medical checks, contribute to Socso, purchase add-on car insurance and equip their cars with safety equipment, including fire extinguishers.

Vehicles less than three years old will need to be converted from an individual private vehicle to an ride-hailing private vehicle. It was previously reported that a driver will need to spend around RM800 to complete the requirements, and with the licence application process being cumbersome and expensive, many ride-hailing companies are expecting that between 20% and 50% of their drivers will quit.