Ride-hailing: SPAD ‘will be fair to all’

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PETALING JAYA: Details of regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and GrabCar are expected to be announced next week by SPAD, the land public transport commission.

SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar said in Johor Baru yesterday there might be changes in the rules and regulations or new laws being implemented, as well as a delegation of power.

Star Online quoted him as saying ride-hailing services may be given a new name. He did not give details.

However the commission would create a fair and equal platform for all parties. “What should be understood is that, we are not legalising Uber. The decision is actually to adopt the services under the country’s laws.

“There is a lot of things we need to address but whatever it is, everyone will be treated fairly and equally,” he said, according to Star Online.

At present, Uber and GrabCar services are not regulated under Malaysian law. Taxi-drivers have complained of unfair competition from Uber drivers, who use their own vehicles, and do not possess a PSV driving licence for public services vehicles and do not meet other conditions required by taxi-drivers.

On Thursday, the government announced that the Cabinet had decided that Uber, GrabCar and such ride-hailing services should be regulated.

An official of a taxi-driver association has called for their competitors to face the same rigorous conditions as they do, including twice-yearly vehicle inspections by Puspakom.