Uber, Grab barred by Big Blue

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Driv­ers of e-hail­ing ser­vices Uber and Grab will not be al­lowed to pick up pas­sen­gers from four ma­jor ar­eas here from next month.

Big Blue Taxi Ser­vice founder Datuk Sham­sub­ahrin Is­mail re­vealed the four lo­ca­tions are Pub­lika shop­ping mall, Ritz Carlton Ho­tel, Sun­way Pu­tra Mall and JW Mar­riott Ho­tel.

“We are ex­pand­ing the re­stric­tion im­posed in KLCC be­cause these places are part of Big Blue ter­ri­tory and it is our pri­or­ity that the pub­lic have a good and safe cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sham­sub­ahrin said.

He said he has the right to im­pose such a re­stric­tion due to a con­tract he had with the re­spec­tive build­ing own­ers or man­agers.

“Un­der the con­tract, only Big Blue taxis are al­lowed to pick up pas­sen­gers from the prop­erty’s pri­vate road while those which are op­er­at­ing il­le­gally or do not meet re­quire­ments of any of the au­thor­i­ties like Road Trans­port Depart­ment or the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) are pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing to pick up pas­sen­gers even if they have book­ings from vis­i­tors,” he said.

The drop-off, how­ever, can still be within the build­ing premises as the en­force­ment of such re­stric­tions does not cover pub­lic or ac­cess roads, he added.

Sham­sub­ahrin also said he wel­comed those who had re­turned their taxis and had re­sorted to driv­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles to be part of the Zep­toBlue taxi fleet.

“Once they join us, I am open to of­fer them em­ploy­ment con­tracts en­abling them to earn a steady in­come of RM3,000 each month,” he said.

He stressed that the of­fer is only open to those who have a valid Pub­lic Ser­vice Ve­hi­cle (PSV) li­cence as well as a clean driv­ing record. – by Adrian Phung

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.