Cabbies plan six-day protest against Uber, Grab

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PETALING JAYA: Taxi drivers are planning to carry out a six-day protest against the government’s decision to allow ride-hailing services Uber and Grab to co-exist on the road.

Kamaruddin Mohd Hussain, president of the Malaysian Taxi Drivers’ Transformation Association, said the date of the protest had not been decided.

He said taxi drivers are unhappy with the Cabinet decision because ride-sharing has already hurt their business. “Tension between taxi drivers and the ride-hailing services continues to escalate,” he said, according to the New Sunday Times.

The taxi drivers said they had lost customers to Uber and Grab and were unable to compete because of rules set by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Yesterday, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said ride-hailing services will be regulated, while regulations would be relaxed on traditional taxis.

SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar said details of regulations for Uber and Grab would be announced this week.