The government will table laws to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and GrabCar during the Parliament sitting on March 6, The Sun reports.

This will finally legalise these transport network operators (TNO) and put in place clear guidelines for the industry. The regulations will include the barring of any “fishing” practices by Uber or GrabCar drivers in hot spots such as airports, deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said.

The idea is to prevent drivers from switching their status from “occupied” to “available” when they have already picked up passengers, which would allow them to pick up more passengers and make more money in a single trip.

“For sure (we will include it in the Bill). We already have enforcement by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) at terminals such as KLIA to eliminate this practice, as this creates a system that we do not allow,” he told reporters. He added that the new regulations will also include a blacklist of Uber or GrabCar drivers who break the law.

The plan to legalise and regulate ride-hailing services was put forward last year, and is part of the Cabinet-approved Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP) outlined by SPAD. It was initially supposed to have been tabled at the Parliament sitting last November.

Once the laws are passed in Parliament, ride-hailing companies will be required to be incorporated in Malaysia, and all ride-hailing drivers will need to have a Drivers’ Card issued by SPAD. Vehicles providing such services will also be required to comply with compulsory road worthiness inspections.

Regulations will also be imposed on the TNOs and their drivers to ensure that legitimate policy objectives like compulsory insurance coverage and safety requirements are in place.