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Malaysia has become the first country to legalize E-hailing services such as Uber and Grabcar, according to Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department.
The Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 have passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 27th July 2017. It is a provision to monitor e-hailing services in local.
It is learned that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is holding the jurisdiction over e-hailing services in West Malaysia. On the other hand, drivers in East Malaysia are regulated by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB).
This indicates e-hailing services drivers have to adhere to whatever requirement which is followed by the taxi drivers. The requirements include valid driver cards, health checks, scheduled vehicle inspection and insurance coverage. Before the enforcement begins, Uber and Grabcar have one year to comply with the new implementation.
Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has stated that there is no need to setup a special committee to deal with complaints from operators or taxi driver, as SPAD has already tasked for it. It is also stated that public complaints can be directed to SPAD or CVLB.