Grab welcomes Cabinet approval for ride-sharing services

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PETALING JAYA: Ride-sharing service Grab has expressed their excitement over the news that the Cabinet had approved a proposal from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to regulate such services.

Grab Malaysia Country Head Jaygan Fu said the approval validates the role the company plays in providing an affordable, comfortable, convenient and safer transportation option to the public.

“It will also bring us closer towards realising our social mission to improve the public transportation industry as well as the livelihood and working conditions of our drivers, which cover both taxis and GrabCar,” he said.

It was reported last night that the Cabinet approved the proposal by SPAD to work towards legalising Uber and Grab services.

Also in the proposal was an initiative to transform the taxi industry by improving the Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) model.

Formerly known as MyTeksi, Grab said it looked forward to working closely and having dialogues with the relevant authorities, especially SPAD in order to understand the proposed amendments to current regulations.

“This announcement, among other possible steps to revamp the transportation industry, is a testament of the Government’s commitment to support and incorporate innovative solutions to resolve the transportation woes in Malaysia,” Fu said.

He added that the company can contribute to enhancing the taxi industry as well as to improve the welfare of drivers and safety of passengers.

“We are grateful to our drivers for their commitment to their passengers, and especially for being with us all this time. We look forward to exciting days ahead working alongside the Government and our drivers,” Fu said.

Local taxis have been up in arms against ride-sharing services over the past two years, with various protests organised around Kuala Lumpur, one of which was a lock-down of the busy Jalan Bukit Bintang, with a number of taxis parked in the middle of the road blocking all traffic.

Some rogue taxi drivers have also taken to attacking Uber and Grab car drivers and abusing their passengers at prominent pick-up/drop-off points, such as KLCC, KL Sentral and LRT stations.

The proposal presented by SPAD CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah did not sideline them as it includes a proposal to issue taxi permits to individuals, especially existing taxi drivers who have a good and clean track record.

The existing taxi companies will remain, but SPAD hopes to implement a new mechanism to help these companies improve on their operations and services.

According to SPAD, there are around 77,000 registered taxi drivers nationwide at present.

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