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It’s not doom and gloom for loyal users of ride-sharing services such as Uber and GrabCar just yet, The Star reports. Despite calls to ban such platforms, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has signalled that it is still looking at possible methods to regulate the service – a move no doubt aided by the public’s growing support for such ride-sharing services.

“We understand the solutions provided by Uber and GrabCar, and the sentiments of the people towards it,” commented SPAD CEO, Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah. He said that while ride-sharing services offered by Uber and GrabCar “did not fit into the commission’s legal framework”, the body is hard at work looking for ways to pinpoint a solution “towards this new technology.”

Azharuddin also noted that a new legislation to amend public transport laws to incorporate ride-sharing services is being discussed between the commission and the Attorney-General’s Chambers. With that said, not everyone is too keen on the notion of having ride-sharing cars share the road with general taxis.

Datuk Aslah Abdullah, president of the Federal Territories and Selangor Taxi Association, was quick to state his disagreement on any form of law that allowed such services to operate. “That is something wrong. If you allow illegal taxis… it’s like the law of the jungle,” he commented.

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Relatedly, a report by theSun confirms that while SPAD is willing to mull over ways to allow Uber and GrabCar to operate, it will not tolerate the presence of illegal taxis. The commission, along with the Road Transport Department (JPJ), will stand by its decision to blacklist private car owners who provide transportation services without a valid permit.

The suspected drivers will be identified from a digital log and their illegal activities proven via video and/or photographic evidence. Following that, the drivers will be called in for an interview with the commission. Should the driver fail to turn up or submit his/her car for inspection after numerous notices, they will be prevented from renewing their road tax.

“My enforcement officers are doing what they are supposed to do within the law. Until there is change in the law, we cannot go beyond what the law applies,” added Azharuddin.