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In order to allow app-based ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab to operate on the same platform as taxi service operators, the Transport Ministry is in the midst of drawing up a mechanism that will allow it.

According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the Government is studying various issues relating to ride-sharing services, including the necessity for drivers that provide the service to be registered, and possess a public service vehicle (PSV) licence.

Liow also said the ministry is looking to make alleviate the woes of taxi drivers. For instance, taxis may only need to undergo a periodic inspection procedure at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) after every six months.

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“The Government hopes to resolve the issues pertaining to Uber and GrabCar as soon as possible. I hope we can speed up. It shouldn’t take too long,” he told The Star and The Sun.

The ongoing taxi vs ride-sharing saga has resulted in disgruntled cabbies taking several measures, including legal ones, to ensure their voices are heard. The most recent fiasco saw cabbies setting up a blockade on Jalan Bukit Bintang, resulting in a massive traffic jam in the area.