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Following the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) move to legalise ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab, taxi drivers have threatened to protest for six consecutive days, in a report by The Malay Mail.

Malaysian Taxi Drivers’ Transformation Association (PERS1M) president, Kamaruddin Mohd Hussain said taxi drivers are unhappy that the government has decided to allow the commission to regulate the ride-sharing services that is claimed to affect their livelihoods.

“The date (of the protest) has yet to be determined but it will take place. Tensions between taxi drivers and the ride-hailing services continue to escalate. The goal of the strike is to show the government that the taxi industry is suffering because of the unfair playing field,” Kamaruddin told The New Sunday Times.

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Aside from “losing their business” to these services, taxi drivers also stated that they are unable to compete because they are bounded by licensing and regulatory requirements set by the commission.

However, the regulation of ride-sharing services will also be met by the deregulation of the traditional taxi industry, which will see fewer restrictions in like the public service vehicle (PSV) license.

Protests by taxi drivers over the matter have previously resulted in massive congestion in Kuala Lumpur as well as in Penang, as they attempt to make their voices heard. Furthermore, taxi drivers have said that they will continue abusing drivers working for these ride-hailing services.