Minister urges taxi drivers to use e-hailing apps

teksi-fmtKUALA LUMPUR: Taxi drivers using e-hailing mobile applications have the edge in being chosen by customers, thus helping them generate more income.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said the government had been actively disseminating information on e-hailing services and its advantages to taxi drivers nationwide.

“We want them to switch to e-hailing services so that customers will opt for a taxi ride.

“E-hailing is not only about Uber and Grab.

“There are 22 other companies in the country which also use e-hailing apps that offer the opportunity to existing taxi drivers to serve their customers,” she said in reply to a supplementary question from Jumat Idris (BN-Sepanggar) during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

She said taxi drivers could have the option of getting customers through the app or the usual way of fetching passengers by the roadside.

In her reply to the original question from Jumat on the status of Uber operators in Sabah, Nancy said there were 4,000 active Uber drivers in the state, catering to 150,000 passengers, mostly in the Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan areas.