Attention, Grab and Uber drivers, as well as taxi drivers who are self-employed. We have great news for you.
According to a report by local daily The Sun published today, all of those mentioned above will be covered under the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS), similar to other workers under the Contract of Service scheme.
It is said that a monthly contribution of 1.25 per cent will be made from the drivers’ income for this, ranging from RM13.10 to RM49.40.
Expected to benefit over 73,000 self-employed taxi drivers and some 35,000 active Uber and Grab drivers, the scheme covers medical, temporary and permanent disablement, funeral and also dependent's benefits (pensions).
Other benefits include constant-attendance allowance, education loan, physical and vocational rehabilitation facilities and Return to Work Programme.
Previously, self-employed taxi drivers had to buy insurance policies on their own.
Social Security Organisation (Socso) chief executive Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said that it will be compulsory for all self-employed taxi drivers to register with Socso under the scheme, and that a grace period of two months will be given to these taxi drivers to register with Socso after the bill is passed in Parliament sometime between 6 March and 6 April.
Socso enforcement officers will also reach out to the taxi drivers and those offering similar services to inform them about the scheme and register them.