It appears that you’ll soon be able to hail taxis right from the Uber app. According to, the ride-sharing company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (GPST) – which claims to represent 90% of all corporate taxi permit holders in Malaysia, accounting for 28,000 taxis – to bring taxi drivers into the fold.

Called UberTaxi, the service will deploy some 500 taxi drivers in the first phase, with a fare structure that is identical to UberX. However, the drivers will also be able to operate their taxis as normal – they are allowed to stop for passengers outside the service.

As with other Uber drivers, UberTaxi drivers will be required to meet the company’s driver and vehicle requirements. Drivers will be subjected to the same background checks as other ride-sharing drivers, and the taxis must not be more than five years old. The online publication notes that it is unclear how many taxis on the road meet these requirements, or if taxi companies will bear the cost of buying new vehicles.

“Uber believes this partnership will provide a tangible demonstration of how giving more people the power of choice at the touch of a button makes things better for all – driver-partners, riders, and the city,” said Uber Malaysia and Singapore general manager Warren Tseng.

“We support the government’s intention to improve the overall public transportation landscape and will do our part to ensure a quality experience for all riders and driver-partners. Since launching three years ago, Uber has continually worked to empower give Malaysian riders, driver-partners and cities the power of choice at the touch of a button.”

The collaboration was supposed to have been signed in March, but was postponed after around 100 taxi drivers staged a protest against the move. Of course, Uber isn’t the first ride-sharing company to work with local taxi drivers, with Grab having done so in 2012 – back when it was still called MyTeksi.