Taxi drivers will continue abusing drivers working for ride-hailing services like Uber or Grab until the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) begins implementing clear guidelines regulating the industry, said one local taxi firm in a report by The Star.

The English-language daily quoted Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail as saying that incidents such as these will keep occurring until the authorities step in to resolve the issue, adding that these services should be temporarily halted while the SPAD is working on implementing these guidelines.

Shamsubahrin’s comments were in response to an incident on Saturday, whereby a woman alleged that she was verbally abused by two taxi drivers when she was picking her friend up from the Kelana Jaya LRT station. The men, who she said confused her for an Uber driver, then proceeded to throw eggs at her car.

Federal Territory and Selangor Taxi Operators president Datuk Aslah Abdullah said yesterday that the incident was likely caused by the taxi drivers’ inability to distinguish between ordinary cars and those used by Uber and Grab drivers.

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The incident was the latest in a series of reports of abuse towards Uber and Grab drivers since March. On June 20, a taxi driver reportedly manhandled a female Uber passenger at KL Sentral and was arrested four days later.

Five days after that arrest, a group of taxi drivers allegedly intimidated a Grab driver at Mid Valley Megamall, while on July 16, the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court fined two cab drivers RM2,000 after they pled guilty to damaging a Grab driver’s vehicle in Mid Valley on June 28.

The cabinet has yet to make a decision on SPAD’s proposed Taxi Industry Transformation Programme, which incorporates regulations on services like Uber and Grab, as well as creating a level playing field for taxi drivers.