E-hail­ing ser­vices come un­der SPAD’s con­trol

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SA­MAD

SPAD chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mohd Azharud­din Mat Sah brief­ing the me­dia on amend­ments to the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Bill 2017 in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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