That's right, the Ministry of Transport will be taking charge of the p-hailing industry. Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong informed the media just recently, as the purview initiative is to ensure better goods and good delivery services and regulations under the government.
Since 2019, the Transport Ministry has always managed and regulated the e-hailing industry with the likes of Grab and others, but not food delivery riders. So starting from 5 August 2022, the Transport Ministry and other agencies, such as the Land Public Transport Agency and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board of Sabah and Sarawak were given the green light to regulate the p-hailing services.
Under 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), the amendments is now in effect and will be tabled at the next Parliament meeting. The amendments would also have new licensing rules that can offer insurance protection for delivery riders and drivers.
Moreover, the minimum age for p-hailing riders would change from 21 to 18. This would allow more riders who have a B2 motorcycle license to receive a vocational license to become delivery riders. With that, more delivery riders can earn enough income through the p-hailing services. Low delivery fees and unfair payment were one of the reasons why GrabFood and foodpanda riders went on a one-day strike last Friday.
After the strike, Dr Wee actually met up with the Malaysian P-Hailing Riders Association (Penghantar), Malaysia Food Delivery Association, Malaysian E-hailing Industry Workers’ Welfare Association, Grab Drivers Malaysia Association and Perak Motorcycle Delivery Service Welfare Association yesterday and urged operators to give a better understanding of company policies and conduct their businesses in a healthy manner. Stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.