Laws to be amended to reg­u­late e-hail­ing ser­vices

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

TWO laws will be amended and tabled in next year’s Par­lia­ment sit­ting to reg­u­late e-hail­ing ser­vices and is­suance of new in­di­vid­ual taxi per­mits.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Nancy Shukri said amend­ments will be made to the Land Trans­port Act 2010 and the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Li­cens­ing Board Act 1987.

“This will al­low the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment sev­eral pro­grammes and re­forms to have fairer terms and con­di­tions for taxi per­mit rental and reg­u­la­tion of e-hail­ing ser­vices na­tion­wide,” she said.

Nancy said e-hail­ing ser­vices will op­er­ate based on laws and reg­u­la­tions sim­i­lar to ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions for taxi ser­vice, which is im­por­tant to en­sure cus­tomers’ safety.

She added the main fo­cus in the ini­tia­tives is the is­suance of li­cences or new in­di­vid­ual per­mits for ex­ist­ing taxi driv­ers to as­sist them to tran­sit from the rental per­mit sys­tem.

“The gov­ern­ment will also al­lo­cate a cash grant of RM5,000 to those qual­i­fied to pur­chase new taxis,” she said in re­sponse to a ques­tion by Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san (PAS-Kota Baru) who wanted the gov­ern­ment to state the cri­te­ria im­posed on Uber and to what ex­tent it was af­fect­ing the in­come of taxi driv­ers.

Nancy said the terms and con­di­tions in the taxi per­mit rental sys­tem will also be up­graded and reg­u­lated to en­sure the wel­fare of taxi driv­ers.

She urged taxi driv­ers to up­grade their tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide an im­proved ser­vice based on con­sumer de­mand and mar­ket trends.

“The gov­ern­ment’s re­cent study showed that more than 50% of con­sumers use mo­bile apps to get taxi ser­vices but only 14% of taxi driv­ers use such mo­bile apps.

“So there is clearly a big gap in us­ing the mo­bile apps for taxi ser­vice. Thus the e-hail­ing ser­vices should not be seen as a com­pe­ti­tion to the con­ven­tional taxi driv­ers but should be used as an op­por­tu­nity to bal­ance the de­mand and mar­ket trends,” Nancy said.

To a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Takiyud­din who high­lighted the protest by taxi driv­ers out­side Par­lia­ment, Nancy ad­mit­ted taxi driv­ers are af­fected by Uber and Grab ser­vices.

She said the cost for a taxi driver per day is RM55 for rental whereas it is zero for Uber and Grab driv­ers.

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