Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid NSTP/SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM.

KUALA LUMPUR: Starting today, action will be taken against e-hailing drivers who do not have a public service vehicle (PSV) licence.

Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said e-hailing drivers operating without a PSV licence was an offence under the Section 56(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

“Offenders could be fined not more than RM2,000 or jailed not more than six months upon conviction,” he said yesterday.

He said action would also be taken against drivers who failed to display the e-hailing sticker, as well as those with vehicles that had technical pro-blems.

He said failure to display the sticker was a violation under the Public Service Vehicles (Licensing and Conduct of Drivers, Conductors and Passengers) Rules 1959, adding that offenders faced a fine of not more than RM2,000 or jail of not more than six months.

In November, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that e-hailing drivers were required to get the PSV licence beginning January.

He said drivers would be given until July 12 to get their licences, including taking the PSV course,

He said there would be no extension.

It was reported that e-hailing drivers needed to pay up to RM800 to obtain the licence and other required documents.

The cost included RM200 for the licence test, RM300 to RM400 for the annual insurance charge for a PSV vehicle and a RM20 PSV licence renewal fee.

On Tuesday, it was reported that only 10 per cent of Grab’s active e-hailing drivers had obtained the licence.