Following news that the government was set to reveal new regulations for ride-sharing services, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has chimed in to say that the process is not as easy as it seems.

According to The Sun Daily, SPAD is holding what it calls a “taxi lab,” in an attempt to study all applications of ride-sharing services such as Uber and GrabCar as a public passenger service. It is said that its findings will be presented to the Cabinet prior to a final decision being made. Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, SPAD’s chairman, said that legalising services such as Uber cannot be done plainly to please the public.

“I understand that the public have voiced their dissatisfaction with the quality of the taxi services. People are reluctant to use their service because there are some of them who don’t follow the rules and regulations set. There are also those who ignore the law,” he said.


The SPAD boss also revealed that one of his fears stems from there possibly being too many for-hire vehicles on the road. He stressed that, “once we legalise services such as Uber, there will be an overflow on public service vehicles. There will be too many taxis on the road.”

He believes that an oversupply of taxis threatens the livelihood of taxi drivers altogether, with business typically spread too thinly across the nation. “We must ensure that everyone involved can make a living, there is no use to simply giving in to the wishes of the public,” Syed Hamid said. The chairman also expressed his hope that regular taxi drivers will improve their services in an attempt to win back passenger confidence.

Should ride-sharing services like Uber and GrabCar be legalised, Syed Hamid explained that it will not be done overnight. There will be a stringent qualification process for each Uber/GrabCar driver and their vehicles in order to comply with SPAD’s laws.