KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi service operator has urged the government not to rush in amending the law to legalise ride-sharing taxi services next month.
Malaysiakini reported the cabinet made the decision to legalise ride-sharing services and restructure the traditional taxi service. A law amendment on this is currently planned to be tabled in Parliament this November.
Shamsubahrin Ismail, adviser to luxury taxi services company Big Blue Taxi Facilities, stressed at a press conference, “The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) needs to do more research to improve the system first. Study the whole structure”
“Uber and GrabCar are good, but we have to look into the safety and legality of such a service.
“Don’t listen to one-sided views. Listen to the people you never listened to before. Listen to those who have knowledge and expertise on the ground”
Shamsubahrin also urged the government to table a law amendment to Parliament only next year, instead of Novemeber, after holding discussions with regular taxi service operators.
He also urged the Road Transport Department (RTD) to take action against illegal e-hailing services by using measures such as arresting the service providers and confiscating the vehicles.
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