Free mar­ket at its best

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

I RE­FER to “Giv­ing up” (Front page, Oct 10) about taxis be­ing re­turned to the lease com­pa­nies by driv­ers due to com­pe­ti­tion from ride-hail­ing cars.

I sym­pa­thise hugely with the cab driv­ers as their liveli­hood is now af­fected, but I cry with joy and scream yippee to note that the taxi-own­ing com­pa­nies are faced with idle cars and rot­ting in­vest­ments.

For years these com­pa­nies have been milk­ing cab driv­ers with ex­or­bi­tant daily charges which in turn made the driv­ers be­have in a very cus­tomer-un­friendly man­ner to­wards pas­sen­gers.

The com­pa­nies did not con­trib­ute any­thing to­wards the taxi rid­ing process apart from be­ing able to ex­ploit their po­si­tion as own­ers of taxi li­cences given to them in­stead of driv­ers di­rectly. What skills or qual­i­fi­ca­tion these com­pa­nies have for op­er­at­ing pub­lic trans­port com­pa­nies and su­per­vis­ing them when their pri­or­ity is to just col­lect the monthly lease.

Have we not seen how de­plorable some of these taxis were?

Uber and GrabCar have showed how to make money with­out fleec­ing pas­sen­gers and these two or­gan­i­sa­tions have also man­aged to con­trol their driv­ers’ dis­ci­pline and at­ti­tude by strict su­per­vi­sion and zero tol­er­ance poli­cies.

This is com­pe­ti­tion and free mar­ket work­ing at its best.

Just Desserts Kuala Lumpur

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