KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Drivers under the e-hailing services of Uber and Grab will be required to get a Drivers' Card which will have to be renewed yearly starting 2017, the public transport regulator has said.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah reportedly said this new rule will be implemented after the Land Public Transport Act 2010 is amended.
"This Drivers' Card system is only valid for a year and those who wish to renew that card have to be inspected and vetted in detail first," he was quoted saying yesterday to local daily Utusan Malaysia.
He added that former taxi drivers who wanted to join the industry again or join the e-hailing services would also have to apply for the Drivers' Card.
He said the Drivers' Card system allows both full-time and part-time drivers under e-hailing services to be monitored, besides allowing the recording of traffic offences by them which may adversely affect passengers.
According to Utusan Malaysia, about 30,000 Uber and Grab drivers will have to obtain the Drivers' Card.
The Drivers' Card system is one of the 11 Cabinet-approved programmes under the Taxi Transformation Programme (TITP), which was unveiled by SPAD on August 16.
The Drivers' Card will be issued by SPAD, with the e-hailing companies to be incorporated in Malaysia and to become a regulated service with vehicles under it to pass mandatory road worthiness inspections.