Cheaper TEKS1M rides

> SPAD an­nounces re­brand­ing, stream­lin­ing of ser­vice from next month

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SHAHRIM TAMRIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The fare for Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) will be cheaper be­gin­ning next month.

Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mohd Azharud­din Mat Sah said the fare struc­ture for TEKS1M will be ra­tio­nalised to the cur­rent bud­get fare.

“The ex­ist­ing TEKS1M fleet will have the op­tion of re­main­ing at the present fare struc­ture un­til the ex­piry of the ve­hi­cle age limit,” he said.

Cur­rently, the TEKS1M fare starts from RM4, with 30 sen for ev­ery 200m while the bud­get taxi flag­fall rate starts from RM3 with 25 sen for ev­ery 200m.

The time-based charge for bud­get taxis is 25 sen for ev­ery 36 sec­onds while it is 30 sen for ev­ery 36 sec­onds for TEKS1M.

New bud­get cabs will also be re­branded as TEKS1M with a pri­mary image of red and white start­ing from next month.

It is part of the TEKS1M re­brand­ing and stream­lin­ing process with bud­get cabs un­der the Taxi In­dus­try Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (TITP).

The new TEKS1M fleet will no longer be in gold and brown.

Ex­ist­ing bud­get taxis how­ever will not go through the re­brand­ing. They will re­main as they are – whether they are yel­low, red and white, or green.

The re­brand­ing is only for new taxis, es­pe­cially those with a new in­di­vid­ual taxi op­er­a­tor li­cence.

Ex­ist­ing taxis will only go through the re­brand­ing when their taxi per­mits ex­pire and those with Pro­ton Iswaras must change to new taxis with a min­i­mum three-star Asean NCAP safety rat­ings.

Un­der the RM150 mil­lion fund al­lo­ca­tion by the gov­ern­ment as “seed money” for cab­bies, new cab own­ers awarded the in­di­vid­ual taxi op­er­a­tor li­cence by SPAD will be al­lowed to pur­chase new mod­els other than Pro­ton cars.

It is es­ti­mated that around 25,000 new in­di­vid­ual op­er­at­ing li­cences will be is­sued to cab­bies with good track records in the next five years by SPAD with around 2,000 new in­di­vid­ual li­cences to be awarded by yearend.

It is learned that SPAD and the Fi­nance Min­istry are ne­go­ti­at­ing with fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to pro­vide at­trac­tive loan pack­ages to cab­bies as well as re­quest­ing for le­niency to ap­prove ap­pli­ca­tions.

It is also learned that the RM5,000 de­posit to pur­chase a new taxi will only be given to cab­bies who have al­ready se­cured bank loans.

Mohd Azharud­din also con­firmed that the zonal fare sys­tem which was gazetted dur­ing the pre­vi­ous Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Board era, will be phased out grad­u­ally.

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