The transport ministry says that while it will fully enforce the new e-hailing regulations that came into force on October 12, it has promised to be more lenient towards e-hailing drivers who are in the final processes of obtaining their mandatory public service vehicle (PSV) licence, reports Bernama.

According to transport minister Anthony Loke, enforcement will be done gradually and e-hailing drivers need not worry that the authorities will mount a big operation against them. “We have started enforcement and like I said a few days ago, we are taking a gradual approach, we will still give them room long as they have registered for their PSV examination or are taking steps to fulfill the requirements,” he explained.

“We have no problems giving them a leeway because there might be some processes that will take time to complete. So, it does not mean that the authorities will conduct checks from car to car and detain the drivers,” he said.

Last week, road transport department (JPJ) enforcement director Khairul Anwar Bachok said that the department will take firm action against e-hailing drivers who did not meet the stipulated rules and regulations once enforcement had begun.

Under the new regulations, vehicles used for e-hailing services will require a PSV licence for the driver, passenger insurance, an e-hailing sticker and e-hailing vehicle permit (eVP) from the land public transport agency (APAD).

Loke has since clarified 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.