Deputy Minister: Self-employed must contribute to social security scheme to renew vocational licence

A screenshot of Hasbi delivering his winding up speech in Dewan Negara on April 10, 2023. Photo: Parlimen Malaysia's Youtube livestream

KUCHING, April 11: Self-employed applying to renew their vocational licence must register and contribute to the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS).

The scheme registration and contribution would be made compulsory following the passing of Road Transport Bill (Amendment) 2023 after a debate by 12 senators at Dewan Negara yesterday (April 10).

Deputy Minister of Transport Datuk Hasbi Habibollah said it would involve self-employed public service vehicles (PSV) and goods vehicle licence (GDL) holders comprising taxi drivers, e-hailing, p-hailing, bus drivers and goods vehicle drivers.

The contributions can be made through the website or contact Social Security Organisation (Socso).

The Road Transport Bill (Amendment) 2023 is aimed at amending the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) involving 13 clauses.

The amendments include the preparation of new Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers’ uniforms that will have certain security features to ensure that they are not easily replicated and subsequently abused as well as allowing JPJ to use the High-Speed Weigh-in Motion (HS-WIM) system that can ascertain the presence, identity and prescribed weight of vehicles in motion.

Among others, the amendment allows for regulation of interim vehicle ownership transfer of motor vehicles from the original owner to a secondhand motor vehicle dealer; granting of vocational licences only to individuals with driver’s licence deemed fully competent; require all tour bus drivers to have a vocational licence; lower the minimum age limit for p-hailing riders to obtain vocational licences from 21 to 18; and allow foreign good vehicles to be charged with a fee of the same rate for different classes of vehicles which use the roads in the country. — DayakDaily