KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) — Five hundred taxi drivers under Silver Cab Sdn Bhd have urged the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to deactivate the Uber and Grabcar applications (apps).
The group said SPAD could resort to the action with the cooperation of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The taxi drivers emphasised that the services offered by the two companies were illegal.
Silver Cab manager Adnan Mohamad said it was the best solution to discourage the public from using the services provided by illegal taxis.
“We have voiced the issue to SPAD but their response was that only the MCMC could terminate the applications,” he told Bernama when contacted recently. He stressed that SPAD should act firmly against the illegal taxis which were undercutting the earnings of Silver Cab’s taxi drivers by about 40 per cent.
“Not only do they affect us as taxi drivers; passengers’ lives are also at risk as they do not have insurance,” he said.
SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar had earlier stated that the services provided by Uber and GrabCar in the country were not legal as both did not have a licence to transport passengers, against Section 16 of the Land Public Transport Act.
Adnan said licenced taxi drivers should also change their attitude and be more disciplined to encourage the public to use their services.
He found that about 15 per cent of the taxi drivers under his management were still headstrong and lacked discipline.