KUALA LUMPUR: The Government stands to lose support of some 70,000 taxi drivers if the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence is abolished to pave the way for the operations of ride-sharing apps Uber and GrabCar.
Taxi operator Big Blue Capital Sdn Bhd’s adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pix) said cabbies were against the proposal which would do little to transform the taxi industry.
He said the PSV was a system under the Road Transport Department (JPJ) which ensured that taxi drivers were properly trained and undergo medical examination before being given permits.
“The PSV should be improved and not abolished.
“SPAD should collaborate with JPJ to improve the industry instead of abolishing the licence,” he said at a press conference here on Friday.
Shamsubahrin, whose company operates some 800 taxis, said he was not against Uber or GrabCar.
“Hold on to approving Uber and GrabCar operations for the time being.
“We should weed out bad and unscrupulous taxi drivers first out of the 75,000 currently and complement the shortfall with another 30,000 Uber and GrabCar drivers,” he added.
He appealed to the Prime Minister to defer approving the SPAD’s 11-point transformation plan until all issues affecting taxi drivers were resolved.
“I appeal for the Prime Minister to come down to the ground to listen to the grouses of the taxi drivers themselves,” he added.
Shamsubahrin was responding to reports that SPAD proposed to abolish the PSV licence which would be replaced with a SPAD driver’s card system.
The proposal is among 11 points under the e-hailing and taxi industry transformation.
This includes consideration of legalising and regulating Uber and GrabCar.
Source : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/15/cabbies-against-proposal-to-abolish-psv/