According to reports, the Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will soon be able to take action towards mobile app companies providing illegal public transport services, after a few amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010, which will be tabled in October.
The amendments is said to include provisions to regulate and exert control over mobile app providers offering any public transport, commercial transport and delivery services, such as Uber, GrabCar, Blacklane and others.
SPAD Chief Executive Officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal was cited in the news report saying that they want to ensure that such services adhere to the service level and regulations set by SPAD. In the report, he went on to say that such services is considered illegal when it despatches a driver without a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence and driving a private vehicle with no valid permit.
SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar was also cited saying that such mobile apps have been exploiting the regulatory gap between SPAD and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) over its ride-hailing concept.