The upcoming amendments to the Land Public Transport Act is facing resistance from taxi drivers, who are looking to halt the action, theSun reports.

According to Klang Valley taxi drivers action committee chairman Zailani Isausuludin, authorities should come up with a holistic solution to the problems being faced by the industry. He added that cabbies are very much against the government’s decision to legalise ride-hailing service providers such as Uber and GrabCar.

Zailani said that all taxi associations nationwide will soon be under one umbrella body, with members having agreed to form a union to look after their welfare and interests. The group, he added, will attempt to establish the union this month.

He said that once the union was established, its first course of action will be to submit a letter to minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, informing her that all the taxi drivers nationwide are against the appointment of former Felda Global Venture Holding (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad as Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) acting chairman.

“We are against the appointment because he is currently under investigation by the authorities,” Zailani said.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said he will be submitting a motion at the upcoming parliament meeting to delay the tabling of the Land Public Transport Act amendments, which once passed will allow SPAD to regulate ride-hailing services.

He said that the call to delay the plan in tabling the amendments will help ensure all problems faced by taxi drivers can be fully resolved before any new legislation is tabled and passed.

According to Rafizi, long-standing issues faced by cabbies include insufficient permits or licences issued to taxi drivers who wish to go private as well as the daily rental and additional charges the group has to pay to taxi companies.

Taxi drivers and companies have been outspoken against ride-sharing services since 2015, having organised multiple protests – including one which blocked Jalan Bukit Bintang. There have also been cases of drivers suing the app makers, as well as harassing their drivers in the past.