Big Blue Taxi Services Founder and Adviser Shamsubahrin Ismail says SPAD should advise Uber drivers to stop driving and clear the air over whether such services were legal.
PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) must be blamed for the latest attack on a Uber driver at KL Sentral on Monday, says Big Blue Taxi Services Founder and Adviser Shamsubahrin Ismail.
Speaking to FMT, Shamsubahrin pointed out that the hazy legality surrounding the ride-hailing app had infuriated taxi drivers as many depended on the job to support their families.
“SPAD is to be blamed. Obviously, everybody is angry because illegal drivers are picking up passengers and making money.
“The taxi drivers are legal and their rice bowl has been hit.”
However, Shamsubahrin did not condone violence against the ride-hailing app drivers.
“I’m not supporting what the other taxi drivers are doing to Uber drivers, but the thing is what Uber drivers are doing now is criminal and wrong.”
The outspoken critic against ride-hailing apps also pointed out that the major problem behind this issue is SPAD’s refusal to declare Uber’s legality.
“The more SPAD doesn’t want to make an announcement, the more people will drive Uber thinking it’s legal.
“SPAD has to come forward and make an official announcement. Tell the people to stop driving Uber for the time being.”
Earlier this week, more than 50 taxi drivers were reported to have attacked an Iranian couple and a Uber driver at KL Sentral.
However, police said only one taxi driver was involved and picked up a suspect in Batu Caves last night. Police denied an Iranian tourist was injured or that the windscreen of the Uber car was smashed.
Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/06/23/blame-uber-attacks-on-spads-indecision/