Many re­turn cabs de­spite lee­way given

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weeks,” he said, adding that since the in­tro­duc­tion of ride-hail­ing apps, taxi driv­ers’ in­come have seen a dip by as much as 40%.

Mohd Alias said there were also sev­eral in­stances where ve­hi­cles were re­pos­sessed by op­er­a­tors due to out­stand­ing rental pay­ments of sev­eral months.

“We have given them (driv­ers) a lot of lee­way. Some of them have out­stand­ing pay­ments of five or six months al­though we gave them no­tices and warn­ings,” he added.

A spokesman for New Su­per­cab Sdn Bhd, who wished to be known only as Va­lerie, con­firmed that there has been a huge in­crease in the num­ber of driv­ers re­turn­ing their ve­hi­cles and cabs be­ing re­pos­sessed for out­stand­ing rentals.

“I spoke to some of our driv­ers and most of them said it was hard for them to cope with the com­pe­ti­tion from Uber and Grab,” she said.

Checks by theSun at the com­pany’s build­ing in Glen­marie, Shah Alam, also found some 200 taxis, mostly re­turned, parked around the com­pound and at an open field be­side it.

Big Blue Taxi Ser­vices founder Datuk Sham­sub­ahrin Is­mail, how­ever, said his com­pany did not have any is­sues of driv­ers re­turn­ing their ve­hi­cles, as it op­er­ates pre­mium taxi ser­vices while most of those af­fected were bud­get taxis.

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