All E-Hailing And Taxi Drivers Must Register With SOCSO From 1 November

Drivers would have to show proof that they have registered with SOCSO before their license can be renewed.

Cover image via Cleo SG / Maiay Mail

Effective 1 November, all e-hailing and taxi drivers are required to register and make contributions to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme through the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)

Image via Malay Mail

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said that only 5,197 out of 100,000 of these drivers are currently covered by SOCSO and have contributed to the scheme, as reported by The Sun Daily.

SOCSO will be working closely with the Transport Ministry to make sure e-hailing and taxi drivers register with the scheme

Image via Malay Mail

The Human Resources Minister said that measures are to be taken if the drivers fail to register and contribute.

"We are in the process of obtaining approval from the Transport Ministry on the mechanisms to be implemented and one of the ways is for the drivers to show proof that they have registered with SOCSO before their license could be renewed," he added.

"We have no reason to punish and hope it will not come to that level."

Before the Transport Ministry makes the announcement, the Human Resources Ministry will be looking into the process while holding discussions with taxi associations and e-hailing drivers about the issue.

SOCSO, also known as Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO), was established to provide social security protections to all employees and workers in Malaysia

Contributions are between RM157.20 and RM592.80 per year and the coverage depends on the scale the drivers choose, according to SOCSO chief executive Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed.

In the event of injuries sustained while working, drivers who have contributed to the scheme will receive benefits based on the scale they have chosen.

Drivers can find out how to register and pay here.

Speaking of taxi drivers, Malaysians are thanking them for creating a list of all the e-hailing apps during their recent protest:

Just yesterday, several taxi drivers threw profanities and staged a walkout at a dialogue session with the Prime Minister in Langkawi: