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Cabbies will get ‘everything’ under new scheme

 | July 4, 2012

SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar says the proposal will be submitted by month-end.

PUTRAJAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) today said the proposal to replace the current taxi permit leasing system will be submitted by month-end.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had announced recently that a new system purportedly aimed at allowing direct ownership of taxis will soon replace the old system in a bid to woo the 70,000- strong taxi drivers into backing Barisan Nasional in the coming general election.

SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar said the commission is still studying the details of the proposal and expressed confidence that it will fulfil the call for a better licensing scheme.

This included better welfare and financial management assistance for owners of their respective vehicles.

“We hope taxi drivers feel the new scheme can be professionally run and, at the same time, the taxi owners can have ownership of their taxi under taxi-co,” Syed Hamid told reporters today after the launch of the Tourism Taxi Ambassador programme here.

He had said yesterday taxi drivers will get “everything” should they join the newly proposed “taxi-co” or taxi company as part of the government’s pitch to get stakeholders to join the new scheme.

Plans to revamp the licensing system came after alleged government inaction over longstanding complaints by cabbies over the “unfair” lease system, which might trigger a vote swing.

SPAD was then instructed to hold a dialogue with representatives of taxi associations to work out a new model for the taxi service industry.

A proposal was also mooted that social security organisation (Socso) benefits be given to them. Syed Hamid said the idea depends on the Human Resources Ministry.

Najib had described the proposal reasonable as there was no provision in the Socso scheme to cover self-employed Malaysians.


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