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Looks like the cat and mouse game is about to end, peacefully. Uber has agreed to comply with Malaysian transportation laws, therefore its operations will not be banned or suspended, says the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

The Sun quoted a SPAD spokesman as saying that the commission was given the assurance by Uber Asia Pacific head of public policy Jordan Condo. “Based on that assurance we will not have any issue with them,” he told the daily.

The spokesman reiterated that vehicles registered under the hire-and-drive category are not allowed to be used for taxi or limousine services, and drivers without a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) driving licence are not allowed to offer such services under the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and Road Transport Act 1987.

“Although Uber had agreed to comply with transport laws in Malaysia, we still have the enforcement team on the ground to conduct crackdown on individuals who utilised private vehicles or abused their hire-and-drive licence to offer transport services through Uber mobile app,” he added.

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Private cars and drivers without a Public Service Vehicle licence are not allowed to operate under Uber

The private driver mobile app service was the target of JPJ’s operasi in October, where the department booked private vehicles and commercial hire-and-drive cars that were driving for Uber. Our source – a limo company operator and Uber Partner – tells us that a meeting between Uber and SPAD will happen this month, with hire-and-drive vehicles expected to be allowed to run under the Uber service in the near future.

Uber has been on a collision course with public transport regulators and taxi operators in many cities across the globe – KL isn’t the only roadblock it’s facing. Over in Thailand, the service was recently declared illegal by the country’s Department of Land Transport, the Bangkok Post reports.

The department says that Uber cars are improperly registered, do not have properly licensed drivers and unregulated fare structures, and began a crackdown on Uber drivers last week, the report adds. Drivers stopped by police can be fined 2,000 baht (RM210) for using the wrong vehicle. They can also be fined 1,000 baht (RM105) each for not charging approved fares and for not having a public-vehicle driver’s license.

The arrival of Uber in Bangkok has the city’s taxi drivers up in arms, citing that the service’s rates are undercutting them. The same of course happened in KL some time ago. What do we think of this? Opinion here.