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Uber and Grab drivers might soon have to register with the government in a ‘driver card’ system that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is considering, said its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar. This is part of the process of legalising and regulating app-based ride haling services that is currently in the works.

However, he said SPAD will have to conduct a comprehensive study of the system as this would involve private individuals who do not have the public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s licence, Bernama reports.

“We will table this proposal to the government especially on the conditions to transform the public transport industry without ignoring the feelings of ordinary taxi drivers who have been burdened with lease finance and the hire purchase system,” he said after launching Ekspress Mayang Sari’s new routes and buses yesterday.

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Syed Hamid added that the system implementation would be similar to requirements for obtaining PSV but SPAD would discuss the matter in greater detail with industry players before making a decision. “It will take some time to implement this new system because new laws and legal changes will have to be applied in adjusting the system for Grabcar, Uber and normal taxi drivers,” he said.

To level up the playing field, which is the aim of the ‘e-hailing’ model being crafted now, Uber/Grab drivers would be legalised, and regulated. As for the taxi side of the fence, SPAD is looking at things such as the issuance of new individual taxi licenses to drivers with good track records (a way out of the current leasing model) and more vehicle model options, among other things. Click here and here to find out more.