The p-hailing industry will officially be placed under the purview of the Transport Ministry to ensure better regulation of food and goods delivery services, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
In a statement, Dr Wee said green light has been given by the Cabinet to the Transport Ministry and its agencies, namely the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board of Sabah and Sarawak, to regulate the goods delivery business, especially those using motorcycles (p-hailing services).
“For the purposes of regulation, the Cabinet has agreed that amendments be made to the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Act 1987 (Act 334) and the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715),” he said.
The amendments to the 3 Acts are also expected to be tabled at the next Parliament meeting.
According to Dr Wee, the proposed amendments would establish new licensing rules as well as ensure that insurance protection was given to delivery riders and drivers. He also said that the licensing requirement was not meant to burden delivery riders but to enable the ministry to keep track of their numbers.
The other proposed amendments include reducing the minimum age of p-hailing riders would be reduced to 18 from the current 21, where they would be able to obtain a vocational licence.
“The amendment of the minimum age is to allow more riders who have a B2 motorcycle licence to obtain a vocational licence so they can become delivery riders.”
“This will allow a bigger participation in the gig economy and more people can generate income through p-hailing services,” he said.
Last Friday (5 August), a group of food delivery riders staged a 1-day strike to protest the low delivery fares.
Following the protest, a meeting was scheduled on Monday (8 August) between the Transport Ministry, several delivery rider associations and vendors.
“During the dialogue session with p-hailing riders, e-hailing drivers as well as e-hailing operators, I heard the issues raised by all parties.”
“I noticed that there is a lack of communication on both sides. I call on the operators to constantly engage with riders and drivers to give a better understanding of company policies that have been implemented.”
“Most importantly, I want the welfare of workers in the gig economy sector to always be prioritised because they are the driving force behind the country’s business and economy.”
“They play a huge role to the public, sacrificing themselves by enduring both rain and heat to fulfil their responsibilities and provide services,” he said.