The amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and GrabCar have been tabled and passed by the Dewan Rakyat, paving the way for these to be legalised, The Star reports.

The amendments – which were originally set to be tabled last year before being shifted to March – will next have to be passed by the Dewan Negara, after which they have to obtain a Royal Assent and then gazetted before they come into force, the report added.

New regulations brought about by the amendments will see operators being required to own an intermediation business licence issued by a regulatory body. These business licences will be renewable, but operators will not be allowed to transfer or reassign them.

The amendments will also make it an offence for any person to assault, hinder or obstruct those involved in the business of ride-hailing services – those convicted of such an offence will be liable to a fine of RM1,000, imprisonment not exceeding three months or both, upon conviction.

Previously, it was reported that it will also be compulsory for ride-sharing service providers to register with the companies commission, and that the regulations that are in place for taxi drivers will also apply to drivers of ride-hailing services.

This will include ride-hailing drivers needing to be screened by authorities as well as undergo training. A driver’s card will also be issued by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), and the vehicle operated by the driver will have to undergo inspections.