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Bike e-hailing back after special Cabinet approval

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman gives a thumbs up while trying the Dego Ride service today.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 1, 2020: Dego Ride, the motorcycle taxi service that lasted only two months after being introduced in November 2016, is back in operation today after being given special approval by the Cabinet.

It is expected to offer 5,000 jobs for youths, especially those from the low-income households or B40, with riders possibly earning between RM1,500 and RM3,500 monthly.

“Although this is not a long-term employment at least it can serve as a stepping stone because we want to make sure that the fate of the youth is protected,” said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman after the relaunch at the Dego Ride office here today.

The service, currently limited to the Klang Valley, is accessible through smartphone applications.

When it started the company offered a fare of RM2.50 and was limited to a three-kilometre trip. The service was declared illegal in January 2017 for what was said to be safety concerns.

Dego Ride founder and CEO Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj said thus far nearly 4,000 people have registered as riders but only 700 have been approved.

The requirements to become a rider are 18 years old and above, possess a full B2 licence and insurance coverage. — Bernama

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