Don’t kill the spirit of entrepreneurship
FocusM | 12 Apr 2019 00:30
AS expected, the government’s new rules for e-hailing drivers is beginning to adversely affect the industry.
E-hailing companies are saying that many drivers, especially parttimers, are planning to quit. It is estimated that around 30% of the 300,000 e-hailing drivers are parttimers. That means up to 90,000 drivers might opt out.
At the end of the day, it is consumers or riders as they are called, who will lose out. From a thriving industry that has had little regulation so far, these rules are stifling.
Starting July, e-hailing drivers such as those for Grab will have to obtain a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence. Not only that, they will also have to go for a medical examination, sit for a six-hour training session and send their vehicles for inspection. All this is expected to cost not less than RM1,000.
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