Reduced motorcycle licence fees will help youth enter gig economy, says Anthony Loke
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — The government’s decision to absorb the cost of driving licence fees for B2 motorcycles (below 250cc), taxis, buses and e-hailing providers will allow youth to find jobs in the gig economy, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.
Although he was not able to furnish more details on how this would be implemented, Loke said the announcement was a “good surprise”.
“For now, we are just conveying the news in a glimpse as we too just got to know now. It is a good surprise.
“I’m not sure of the figure (of how many will benefit from this), as I said it had just been announced. It’s a good surprise for me. I have an extra task to fulfil.
“We need to check with the Finance Ministry on the proposed allocation, and then look at how it will be implemented,” Loke told a press conference at the Parliament building here today.
He added that further details will be provided during a separate press conference dedicated for this matter.
The Transport Ministry received RM6.1 billion under the revised Budget 2023, from the RM5.6 billion allocation in Budget 2022.
Loke said the other initiative that he is thankful for is an allocation for the MyBAS50 Unlimited Travel Pass in Johor Baru, which is a pilot project by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.