KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 – About 300 taxi drivers staged a protest against the ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabCar here today, causing a two-hour traffic congestion in the heart of the city where they had “parked” their vehicles along Jalan Bukit Bintang.
The protesting taxi drivers stationed their vehicles in the vicinity of the Pavilion shopping mall, forcing police to divert traffic away from the area. A taxi driver, Kamarudin Mohd Hussain, said the protest was directed at the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which he claimed had failed to check the Uber and GrabCar activity that was becoming widespread.
“Therefore, we are demonstrating not for the fun of it. We are suffering because the Uber and GrabCar drivers have eaten into our business. They are unlicensed, but SPAD seems to be unconcerned. What about our rice-bowl?” he told the reporters here today.