Will e-hailing services like Grab stop being viable by 12th July?
E-hailing services operating in Malaysia have been operating without proper licenses for quite some time already. In August 2017, amendments to existing acts were passed to regulate the e-hailing industry. While a legal framework for e-hailing services may be good for the safety of consumers, the new laws also meant a lot of new costs that e-hailing drivers have to bear.
Based on an infographic sent by a community of e-hailing drivers, they like may have to foot out up to RM1300 to be a law-abiding e-hailing driver. A lot of drivers are expected to quit their jobs as Grab drivers as the costs just do not justify the benefits, especially since most of them do it on a part-time basis.
The ripple effect of losing drivers is longer waiting times for the users of e-hailing services. And since there are fewer drivers, e-hailing services might hike up the fare as it will be peak hours all day, every day. Us consumers will be on the losing end, in the end.
There has also been reportedly issues with the legal enforcement of the laws, such as the PUSPAKOM inspection centres not approving certain modifications, even those approved for use by disabled drivers, as well as the limited capacity of the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) training centres.
It is foreseen that e-hailing drivers would lose their livelihood brought about by the e-hailing industry due to the rushed implementation of these new regulations. What do you guys think?
Pokdepinion: Haven’t used Grab in quite a while… Might not be able to use it soon. 🤷