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A free taxi ride initiative will be launched on January 2, but before you get too excited about the news, it’s only for expectant mothers who want to deliver their babies at government hospitals in KL. These ladies will be able to get a free ride to the hospital, courtesy of cabbies with the Kuala Lumpur Makkal Communication Taxi Drivers Association.

The Sun Daily reports that 50 taxi drivers have pledged to transport pregnant women for free for emergency deliveries only to the nearest government hospitals such as Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Selayang and Ampang Hospitals, within 20 minutes after receiving the call. The service will be available 24 hours a day.

“The service is for all, irrespective of race and religion. This is also part of the cabbies effort to weed out bad perception from the public that taxi drivers in the city are bad people. There are many kind-hearted cabbies in Kuala Lumpur as you can see for yourself,” City Hall excise licensing board chairman Datuk P. Gunaseelan said at the launch of the pilot project.

He explained that each taxi driver will allocate a minimum cost of at least RM70 per patient for one trip to a public hospital, adding that the project is looking to assist the poor, especially for those staying at the City Hall’s People’s Housing Project (PPR). Gunaseelan said he hoped the project can be expanded beyond KL as well as broaden in scope to include ferrying the disabled community during emergencies.

Down the line, the 50 cabs in the community scheme will be provided with stickers displaying their mobile numbers. In the meantime, the public can call Makkal Communication chairman K. Muthu for the free taxi services at 012-6957-864 or taxi driver K. Kumar at 010-2449-577, the report adds.