‘Ensure legal provisions to regulate Uber in place’
KUCHING: The government has been asked to ensure legal provisions are available to regulate the operations of app-based ride service Uber.
Bandar Kuching member of parliament Chong Chieng Jen said the issue must be duly addressed to resolve the conflict between Uber and the taxi industry, which is governed by rules and regulations.
“This definitely makes it an unfair competition. Naturally, as a consequence, the taxis will lose out,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Chong suggested the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (LPKP) and Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) adjust their operations in light of globalisation rather than merely regulating the taxi industry.
He said the authorities ought to help increase the competitiveness of the taxi industry by adopting “the modus operandi of Uber”.
“To attract more passengers, Uber can offer discounts to its passengers while maintaining the income of its drivers.
“If a private company with profit as its main motivation can do this, there is no reason why government bodies or agencies cannot better or at least equal it,” he said.
On Sept 17, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri had said it was still illegal to run Uber in Malaysia as there are no provisions under the law allowing its operations.
She said the authorities could take action against Uber operators under the Road Transport Act 1987, including seizing their vehicles.
Nancy added there was a proposal to amend the Act, which could see Uber legalised in the country.