Ideas wants White Paper on public transportation

Wan-Saiful-Wan_uber_grab_teksi_600KUALA LUMPUR: The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) has urged the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to issue a White Paper on public transportation.

“It should include ride-sharing,” said Ideas Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan in a statement.

He added that ride-sharing will ensure the public transportation system improves.

“SPAD can lead this transformation.”

Wan Saiful was hailing the Cabinet decision to allow SPAD to regulate Uber and Grab services.

“This is a game changer for public transportation in the country,” he agreed.

The Cabinet made a wise decision, the Ideas chief conceded. “It considered the need for better transportation services.”

“The decision will ensure healthy competition and fair play.”

SPAD has also been pushing for ride sharing, noted Wan Saiful. “We welcome the much needed reforms in the taxi industry.”

Ideas had earlier stressed that public transportation was plagued by regulations which punish individual drivers. “However, taxis will always be needed,” it said.

Given the right incentives, the think tank was sure taxis will be able to compete with ride sharing. “The reforms will be impetus for the taxi system to uplift itself.”

It can learn from the competition, said Wan Saiful.