The Malaysian Taxi Drivers, Limousine and Car Rental Operators Association (Petekma) is calling for a ban on ride-sharing apps in a memorandum submitted to the Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

President of the association, Mohd Syahrir Abdul Aziz, stated that passengers using these ride-sharing services, including Uber and GrabCar, put themselves at risk because such services operate like taxis but are not regulated by the authorities.

Speaking to The Star, he said, “out of nowhere, they are doing the same business as us, but they remain unregulated without having to pay for insurance or any extra processing fees and inspection from Puspakom. What if anything happens? Who will take the blame?”


He added that drivers who would want to partake in these ride-sharing services should go through processes similar as those done by regular taxi drivers, and obtain certification from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). In the proposal, the association also requested the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to consider banning the applications as well.

Currently, ride-sharing apps installed on smartphones are deemed legal as they are regarded as a service matching business. However, the act of using unlicensed vehicles to ferry passengers is deemed illegal, as is the driver’s lack of a Public Service Vehicle Licence (PSV).

The memorandum was submitted to the Government’s socio-cultural adviser and Petekma’s advisor, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim. Three other proposals were also submitted, including delaying the price increase of NGV fuel, a further postponement in increasing toll prices and lowering Goods and Service Tax (GST) charges for the public transport industry.