Uber, Grab driver details sent to SPAD, says minister

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PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has started receiving details of those interested in becoming ride-sharing drivers across the country.

This was revealed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri in an interview with The Malaysian Reserve.

She said the details have also been shared with the police and other relevant agencies, including the road transport department (RTD) for screening purposes, as well as to monitor these drivers.

“E-hailing operators are sending us the names and identification of those who want to be ride-sharing drivers. We are sending this information to the police for screening,” Nancy was quoted as saying by the business daily.

She added that the primary concern over the government’s move in compiling the data and vetting the drivers was to ensure the safety and security of consumers of the various app-based ride-sharing services.

Last July, the Dewan Rakyat passed the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017, finally giving the government the authority to regulate e-hailing or ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Grab.

Hence, the submission of data for new drivers became a mandatory requirement as part of the comprehensive regulation imposed on such services, which has seen exponential growth since Uber first launched here in late 2013.

The passing of the bill also made it compulsory for e-hailing companies to have an intermediation business licence and to comply with conditions set by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board.

According to Nancy, discussions are also under way on how the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence requirement for drivers will be enforced on e-hailing vehicles, because it is currently regulated by both the RTD and SPAD.

She said however, that SPAD will take charge of the permit issuance to ride-sharing drivers.

“Ride-sharing companies have to apply to us to qualify to operate and, from time to time, we are in touch with them because the permits will also come from us.

“The permits for e-hailing drivers will come from SPAD. It will be given to the company and the company is the one that will distribute it to their drivers,” she said, according to Malaysian Reserve.

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