Gov't to impose taxi conditions on e-hailing services

  • Jul 11, 2018
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Transport minister Anthony Loke said today that e-hailing services will need to meet taxi standards to create a level playing field between both industries.

"After hearing taxi and e-hailing drivers’ complaints, the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) has come up with regulations to be imposed on intermediary business and e-hailing drivers.

"To be fair to taxi drivers, the government will regulate e-hailing services through the Spad Act (2017 amendment) and Commercial Vehicle License Act (2017 amendment) from July 12.

"Once the act comes into effect, e-hailing companies must register with Spad as an intermediary business and pay the stipulated fee," he told reporters at the Transport Ministry after a post-cabinet meeting.

The taxi industry standards that e-hailing services need to meet include registering companies or cooperatives with the Companies Commission or Cooperatives Commission, using vehicles that meet the Asean New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) three-star rating, and sending vehicles over three years old for annual Puspakom inspections. 

Additionally, drivers must obtain public service vehicle (PSV) licenses and be subject to criminal background checks; obtain driver, vehicle, passenger and third-party insurance coverage; as well as undergo six-hour training courses from training centres for intermediary businesses, taxi companies, driving schools or from Spad-accredited training schools.

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