Putrajaya tables Bill to legalise Uber, Grab rides

BY RAM ANAND
The amendment, tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri, seeks to license vehicles used to provide e-hailing services — Picture by Nizlal Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — E-hailing services such as Uber and Grabcar could take another step towards legalisation after Putrajaya today tabled an amendment to the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 in the Dewan Rakyat.

The amendment, tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri, seeks to license vehicles used to provide such services.

The amendment is to “provide that e-hailing vehicle is a public service vehicle subject to an intermediation business license”, the explanatory notes of the amendment said.

The Bill is set to be debated in the current Parliament sitting that ends on Thursday.

The Bill, if passed, will also mean that Uber and Grab drivers will have to adhere to conditions and terms imposed by the licensing board.

A breach of the conditions could result in a fine not more than RM 200,000, a jail term not more than two years, or both.

The licenses will have a stipulated fee and needs to be renewed within ninety days of its expiry.