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Uber, GrabCar to be legalised soon in Malaysia

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    Sin Chew Daily

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia   /   Sat, August 13, 2016   /  08:49 am
Uber, GrabCar to be legalised soon in Malaysia Women holding their smartphones show the ride-hailing apps Uber Technology Ltd., left, and Didi Chuxing at a residential compound in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. (AP/Andy Wong)

The government's taxi service transformation program will include the legalisation of Uber and GrabCar services. This is to allow all taxi drivers to enjoy the same benefits and compete on an equal footing.

The cabinet has decided to legalise Uber and GrabCar services while the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has been authorised to issue "driver cards" to registered drivers of ride-sharing vehicles.

Deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told Sin Chew Daily new public service vehicle (PSV) permits would be issued and could be called the "driver card", adding that only drivers with good driving records would be eligible to apply.

Abdul Aziz said the new permits would allow the government to legalise Uber and GrabCar services without amending the existing law.

He also said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and SPAD were deliberating the new PSV permits and would require all Uber and GrabCar drivers to register with the authorities.

"The government's taxi service transformation program will include also the legalisation of Uber and GrabCar services. This is to allow all taxi drivers to enjoy the same benefits and compete on an equal footing."

He said SPAD would soon announce the taxi service transformation program as well as the guidelines to control Uber and GrabCar services.

Meanwhile, when contacted by Sin Chew Daily, a SPAD spokesperson said the commission would brief the media next week on the legalisation of Uber and GrabCar services as well as details of the taxi service transformation program.

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