No, this isn’t an early April Fools joke. JPJ now requires all e-hailing drivers such as Grab to register for a PSV (Public Service Vehicle) license, starting from the first of April 2019. The PSV training module would cost a maximum of RM200, and it requires up to 6 hours to complete. Once the training has been completed, the driver required to display a designated e-hailing sticker on their vehicle as per the orders of JPJ.
But that’s not all, all vehicles over the age of 3 years are required to have their vehicles inspected by Puspakom to make sure that their vehicle is eligible for use as a public transport vehicle. By 12 July 2019, e-hailing drivers who do not have the proper documents by 12 July 2019 will have action taken against them.
This could improve the overall experience of all e-hailing services in Malaysia, as only serious drivers will be interested in applying for such a license. That being said, it would be inevitable to see a steep decline in the overall number of drivers in Malaysia.