E-hailing services come under SPAD’s control
KUALA LUMPUR: The approval of the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 has allowed the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to regulate e-hailing services.
This includes intermediation of business licences, where e-hailing operators must obtain them from SPAD before operating.
Under this, SPAD will be overseeing licence renewals, revocation or suspension of licences and prohibition of transfer of licence, among others.
As safety is of utmost priority, SPAD, with the police and the Road Transport Department, will also screen drivers for any disciplinary violations.
SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said if a driver had multiple records of speeding, it showed his behaviour as a road user and that could affect his licence.
A driver must also own a digital driver’s card, which will contain his details.
“We have asked service providers to process their drivers’ data, which we will submit to the police. Once the bill is gazetted, the data will go into their driver’s card,” Azharuddin said yesterday.
He added that the bill was expected to be gazetted in October.
Taxi drivers were not left out in the bill’s amendment, where Azharuddin said they would have the option of charging estimated fares similar to e-hailing companies.
SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah briefing the media on amendments to the Land Public Transport Bill 2017 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.