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Finally, a decision that has been a long time coming was reached when the Cabinet in its weekly meeting yesterday gave the green light for the transport commission to legalize the controversial ride-sharing app.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah had presented the commission’s proposal to revamp the conventional taxi industry and expand transport services by legalising the controversial Uber and Grab services yesterday.
The presentation focused on 11 main initiatives, The Sun Daily reports.
Among them are plans to improve the Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) model, streamline the budget cabs fleet and a suggestion for a special fund for new taxi vehicles.
SPAD is also looking into moving taxi permits to individuals, especially existing taxi drivers who have a good and clean track record.
There will be necessary amendments to existing laws and possible enactment of new ones for the relevant government agencies to formally legalize Uber and Grab, to be tabled in the next Parliament sitting this November.
Once that step is completed, a new ecosystem consisting of an estimated 150,000 new individual taxi, Uber and Grab drivers are expected to provide services to the public over the next three years once the new laws in place.
“This is the result of long hours of collating, sharing and finalising the best ideas from stakeholders, starting with the taxi lab organised last November,” a SPAD manager notes, The Sun Daily reports.
Sumber : Malaysian Digest