Taxi driver viewpoint

The war between taxi drivers and ride-sharing services Uber and GrabCar has amplified in recent weeks. From local protests which saw taxi drivers ambush a GrabCar driver to requests for both apps to be disabled and more recently, rogue “arrests” of Uber and GrabCar drivers around KLCC by taxi drivers, things have certainly ramped up.

While the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has urged taxi drivers to focus their efforts into improving their services and image instead of going on protests, the taxi drivers have offered a viewpoint that the lack of enforcement by SPAD against these transportation network companies (TNC) is the reason why taxi drivers have taken the law into their own hands.

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It’s all turning rather ugly, but one taxi driver says that the vitriol and vigilante action against the TNCs may be misdirected, and that perhaps the reason for the impact against taxi drivers’ livelihoods isn’t Uber or GrabCar. Taxi driver Iwan Dani, who is an ardent paultan.org reader, posted the following commentary on the issue on his Facebook page, and he has generously given us permission to share his thoughts on the matter.

So, there it is, a different point of view of the whole affair from someone on the ground. What do you think of what has been said? Share your thoughts with us on the matter, as always.