Legit rides: Uber, Grabcar to be recognised soon

Nik Imran Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR: E-hailing services such as Uber and Grabcar are set to be recognised by law soon as a mode of public transportation.

This followed the tabling of the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) bill in Parliament today.

The bill, tabled by Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, involved amending Clause 4 which seeks to insert a new subsection (1b) into section 14 of Act 334 to provide that an e-hailing vehicle shall be a public service vehicle subject to an intermediation business licence.

The bill also seeks to insert the definition of ‘e-hailing’ as a motor vehicle with a seating capacity of four people and not more than 11 people, including the driver.

E-hailing in the bill was defined as a motor vehicle used for the carriage of person(s) on any journey in consideration of a single or separate fares for each of them, in which the arrangement, booking or transaction, and the fare for such journey, are facilitated through an electronic mobile application.