Competitive e-hailing services will lead to cheaper fares, says Loke

Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

SEREMBAN: Commuters have a choice of using the e-hailing services of other companies if they are faced with fare increases, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

Loke said there are 31 companies providing e-hailing services, giving commuters a choice of cheaper fares. “The consumers should make wise decisions. If there is a fare increase, they have the choice of using other e-hailing services with cheaper fares.

“We do not want this industry to be a monopoly and there should be competition. If there is competition, the fare will be cheap and no e-hailing company can wantonly increase their prices,” he told reporters after the launch of in Negeri Sembilan of MyCar here today.

He said there were many other companies which offer competitive rates and the consumer should assess the company and application they choose.

He added that any e-hailing company which is operating without a valid licence will face stern action and e-hailing drivers who have not yet abided by the conditions including getting the Public Service Vehicle (PSV)approval have an additional three months to comply.

He said the government’s objective was to provide land public transport services which are efficient, safe and trustworthy.

“The Transport Ministry is constantly drawing up new incentives to improve the quality of transport services in the country and is open to ideas which can improve the services delivery system to the people,” he said.