The same regulations imposed on conventional taxi drivers and e-hailing service providers are aimed at ensuring the safety of the passengers, and there should be no issue of e-hailing taxi drivers being exempted on the grounds they offer cheaper fares.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the regulations imposed on conventional taxi drivers also apply on e-hailing drivers as it involves security issues.
On July 27, the Dewan Rakyat passed the bill which empowered the government to regulate the e-hailing service operators such as Uber and Grab.
Under the law, these drivers are required to go through health checks, periodic inspections of their vehicles and display security cards of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), which are similar to requirements imposed on conventional taxi drivers.
Nancy said in order to ensure conventional taxi drivers could compete with e-hailing drivers, the government would also give flexibility to them to choose their own vehicles under the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP).
Under the TITP, new individual taxi permits would be issued when the lease period expires and a grant aid would be given to buy a new taxi.
To date, 600 taxi drivers have been granted individual taxi permits.