Published: 18 December 2015 6:21 PM
Published by: Admin
Existing laws will apply in the regulation of Uber and GrabCar services, The Star Online today reported.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had spoken with the two companies and was studying the laws to be used to regulate the app-based ride-sharing services that they provide.
“Basically, there is a need to regulate. If taxis fall within the purview of law, so should Uber and GrabCar,” he was quoted as saying.
He said it was unfair to the taxi companies that right now, “anyone can be an Uber driver”.
“Just like taxis, we need to monitor the (Uber and GrabCar) drivers to protect the rights of passengers. There should be standard procedures on how to apply to be an Uber driver.
“We can’t have them operating illegally on the roads,” said Liow.
It was reported yesterday that Uber and GrabCar would be allowed to continue operations provided they met certain requirements.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said among others, the driver would have to be registered and possess the public service vehicle operator’s licence.
He said the rationale for allowing Uber and GrabCar to continue operations legally was based on public feedback, which said their services were honest, fast and efficient.
“It is not fair to prevent them from continuing operations,” he said – December 18, 2015.