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Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said 42,818 candidates had failed the examination portion of the licence application and many had retaken it. BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 91,978 e-hailing service drivers have obtained their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licences as of Monday, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said 42,818 candidates had failed the examination portion of the licence application and many had retaken it.

“The PSV licence is issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) for all public service vehicle drivers, including taxis and buses.

“The total number of active PSV licences is 358,944, with the total number of PSV for taxi drivers is 28,860,” he said in reply to a question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang).

Loke said the e-hailing services gave passengers the opportunity to choose a faster, cheaper and more efficient public service to reach their destination.

In addition, he said, the service also opened up employment opportunities for all groups, including the disabled and female drivers, who met the requirements.

“Drivers can also choose to work full-time or part-time to earn extra income,” he said.

Loke said the government had agreed to conduct a trial period to study the implementation of motorcycle e-hailing services in the country that include several aspects such as the safety of female passengers and fare coordination.

“The trial project will be conducted around the Klang Valley to learn about it and identify issues that may arise.

“The ministry is concerned about the safety of the female passengers.

“We do give them the option of choosing female drivers if they want to use this service,” he said.

Loke was responding to Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid’s (BN-Kuala Kangsar) supplementary question on the special provision regarding the safety of female passengers if motorcycle e-hailing services were implemented in the country. – BERNAMA

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