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.