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Taxi drivers worry over proposed mini taxi service

March 7, 2016

Taxi drivers are concerned their income will continue to decline with the introduction of the mini taxi service.


KUALA LUMPUR: After feeling the impact of declining income due to competition from Uber and GrabCar services, taxi drivers in the capital are now worried that their income will be further affected if the proposed introduction of the mini taxi service becomes a reality this year.

This concern was voiced by several taxi drivers met by Bernama around the city last night.

Abd Rahim Desa, 62, said since Uber and GrabCar private vehicle transport services began operation in October 2014, his income had been on the decline.

“If the proposal is approved, taxi drivers like us will have more difficulties in getting customers and our income will continue to drop,” he said.

Abd Rahim, who is a government retiree, said mini taxis would create more competition among existing taxi drivers as they offered a more economical price to passengers.

Meanwhile Sharim Shamsul Othman, 50, hoped that the authorities would take measures to ensure that the implementation of the mini taxi service would not affect income of existing taxi operators.

“Currently it is difficult for us to earn a living as a taxi driver with Uber and GrabCar services being the preferred customers’ choice,” he said, adding that he used to earn RM100 a day, but now the amount was dwindling.

A newspaper today reported that the government would be introducing the mini taxi service in big cities, especially in Kuala Lumpur, before year’s end.

The mini taxi service involves the use of compact cars, such as Perodua Axia, as vehicle maintenance for cars below 1,000cc is relatively low.

Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi reportedly said in a Malay-language weekly newspaper today that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was studying the possibility of introducing the service.



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