The Self-Employed Act for taxi drivers could be implemented as early as May 2017, said Human Resource Minister Richard Riot as reported in The Star.
Riot said that the Act would allow taxi drivers who were free agents to contribute to the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
“In the 2017 Budget, Prime Minister Najib Razak said that self-employed Malaysians, in particular taxi drivers, would be able to contribute to Socso.
“This will be good for both the taxi drivers and the country,” he said, adding that with the contribution, the taxi drivers will be protected under Socso’s insurance scheme.
He said that the draft for the Act was being finalised and the Bill would be tabled in Parliament in March 2017.
However the details on how the contribution would be paid had not been ironed out yet.
He said since taxis fall under Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) jurisdiction, we are in talks with the commission to ensure that the new Act will benefit both taxi drivers and their beneficiaries