KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 28 – Well known e-hailing service companies, Uber and Grab welcome the Malaysian Government’s recognition for their services following the passing of the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 and the Commercial Vehicles Licencing Board Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Both companies described the achievement as a milestone for the e-hailing industry in the country, working alongside the authorities to improve and elevate the standards of the local land public transportation infrastructure and services. Uber Malaysia head of communications, Leigh Wong said the recognition underlined the government’s support for the innovative business model of the e-hailing service as an important driver of economic growth, providing new, cost-effective transportation options and helping address challenges of congestion and pollution.

He said the overall spirit of the regulations is clearly aimed at improving the entire industry – ultimately benefiting consumers.

“These laws send a clear message that e-hailing service is here to stay and will have the potential to go a long way towards solving urban mobility issues and transforming the country’s transportation landscape,”  he told Bernama when contacted today. The bill among others enforces similar requirements imposed on taxi drivers to drivers of e-hailing vehicles, which include registering to operate a public vehicle service; undergo compulsory medical check-ups; undergo periodic vehicle inspection; have proper insurance scheme and display the driver’s identification card.

Meanwhile, Grab Malaysia country head, Sean Goh in a statement described the requirements as providing a level playing field for all and would certainly benefit relevant stakeholders, especially the passengers and Grab’s driver-partners, regardless whether they are taxi or Grab drivers. He also thanked the government for providing the service operator with a grace period of one year to review their operations to comply with the requirements. — Bernama

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