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Following yesterday’s report that highlighted the government’s willingness to regulate and fully legalise the use of ride-sharing apps in the country, several new terms for the legality of services like Uber and GrabCar have been revealed.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi told the New Straits Times that an official announcement would be made soon, following ongoing discussions between the ride-sharing companies, the Transport Ministry and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

The government will soon reveal the new conditions by which Uber and GrabCar drivers will be required to abide by in the future. These terms may include the need for their vehicles to be regularly inspected by Puspakom, and to offer insurance for its passengers. Currently, taxi drivers are made to undergo inspections every six months.

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As reported yesterday, the government reached a decision to regulate and legalise these modern ride-sharing services following the positive public response these services have garnered. Likewise, SPAD is also said to be in the process of making amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010, which will allow it to take direct action against these ride-sharing service providers.

According to a recent survey carried out by SPAD, 70% of its 42,265 voters were in favour of Uber and GrabCar being regulated. The survey also showed that 89% of its participants were unhappy with taxi services for overcharging customers.

Likewise, Kaprawi said that the government is working on a solution to best help regular taxi drivers to continue profiting from their supposedly dwindling businesses. Few details were spared, but one area that was said to be explored would be to help drivers save on operational costs.