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Taxi drivers want the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to concentrate on the legal injunction application filed against it, before they consider regulating ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab.

“SPAD should focus on facing us in court rather than talking about taking steps to regulate Uber,” said Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee (JBPTLK) president Zailani Isa Usululludin in a report by The Sun.

A group of 102 taxi drivers filed an injunction against SPAD on December 30, 2015 for alleged negligence in taking action to ban ride-sharing services Uber, Grab and Blacklane. The group wants a High Court order to ban these services.

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Zailani said the group will not restrain itself from protecting the interests of taxi drivers, which includes organising more street gatherings. His statement comes following a recent protest by cabbies held along Jalan Bukit Bintang on Tuesday.

“We are using all channels available including sending a memorandum to the government, using legal means and we had to take it to the streets to make our voices heard,” he said.

Zailani also expressed his displeasure towards transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who recently urged the SPAD to speed up the process to regulate Uber, saying, “the Minister is not respecting the legal process currently. He should refrain from making confusing statements since this matter falls under SPAD.”

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The group also claimed that SPAD is being lenient towards these ride-sharing services, while ignoring the rights and interests of taxi drivers. This includes failing to take action against those who provided these services using private vehicles as taxis.

Big Blue Capital owner Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pictured above) said he would re-submit an injunction to halt Uber/Grab drivers from providing their services in Suria KLCC, which the company has exclusive contract rights to.

Are you in support of SPAD’s move to regulate ride-sharing services in Malaysia? Do you think taxi drivers should continue pursuing legal action against the commission?