Govt assures that taxi driver's grouses would be addressed

Hashini Kavishtri Kannan

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has assured that the government would resolve the various grouses faced by taxi drivers nationwide.

Malaysian Association of Taxi, Rental Car and Limousine Drivers president Zailani Isaisuludin relayed Dr Mahathir’s assurance to reporters here, today,

Zailani said the problems faced by taxi drivers in the country were serious more so now that it is being challenged by the growing e-hailing services.

He said the earnings of taxi drivers had also seen reduction by as much as 70 per cent due to technoloogy progress and the introduction of the e-hailing services such as Grab and Uber.

“There are many of us who are unable to pay back the loan for our vehicles to the bank. Our vehicles had also been towed-away by the bank’s,” he added.

Zailani said the taxi drivers are not against the e-hailing services, however, they want the government to enforce laws governing such services.

“It is not fair that we have to own or rent a commercial vehicle to ferry people but Grab Car and Uber drivers use their own vehicles to ferry people.

“We are required to apply for a permit, while they don’t need to have a permit. This should change. Make them apply for a permit as well,” he added.

He also alleged that the MyTeksi Sdn Bhd application for taxi drivers, head been abused by Grab Car drivers to ferry passengers.

He said there are also no proper law govern the e-hailing services, therefore, he also want the government to come up with a holistic law to govern both e-hailing services and taxi in the country fairly.

Zailani and 25 other association members met with Tun Dr Mahathir in a closed-door discussion for more than two hours until 5.30pm today.

They also submitted a memorandum to Dr Mahathir on their grouses including calling for an amendment to the laws governing public service vehicles.

He said Transport Minister Anthony Loke should also be more open to discussion with the industry players such taxi drivers to resolve this issue. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd