More resistance to Uber. The Metered Taxi Drivers Action Committee (Badan Bertindak Pemandu Teksi Bermeter, or BBPTB) has claimed that the mobile app-based transport provider’s services are threatening taxi drivers’ livelihoods, Bernama reports, with its chairman Amran Jan claiming the country is being overwhelmed by illegal taxis.

“Uber has violated a number of rules and regulations with regards to land public transport services. It is using private vehicles as taxis, and drivers who do not have the appropriate licence and driver’s card from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to operate,” the national news agency quoted him as saying.

Amran further claimed that there are Uber vehicles which are not covered by the appropriate insurance, so passengers of such vehicles are not adequately protected in the event of an accident. Bernama reports that he has submitted a memorandum to Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad, who proposed that the issue be raised via a motion in the Dewan Rakyat.

easy-taxi-super-easy-taxi 259

The BBPTB chairman also suggested that the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission be given more jurisdiction over the matter, and urged SPAD to stop the issuance of private hire vehicle licences to protect the taxi industry.

SPAD has said that Uber’s operations will not be banned or suspended as long as the relevant public transport laws are complied with, but it has seized many vehicles found to be taking fares without the necessary licences or permits.

The Land Public Transport Act 2010 stipulates that vehicles registered under hire-and-drive are not allowed to offer taxi or limousine services, and drivers without a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence are not permitted to offer such services.


Under the same Act, drivers found guilty of unlicensed ferrying of passengers in privately-owned vehicles can face a fine of up to RM10,000 or a year in jail or both, while car companies can be fined up to RM100,000.

“Any vehicle used as taxis which collect fares from the public, must be in accordance of the law as stipulated in the Land Public Transport Act 2010. This means that the drivers must have the required Public Service License (PSV) and the vehicles must be registered with SPAD with proper insurance coverage for the protection of fare paying passengers,” the commission has said.

Malaysia isn’t the only roadblock Uber has faced, by far – the company has been on a collision course with public transport regulators and taxi operators in many cities across the globe. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.