Last Thursday, 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 were tabled and passed by the Dewan Rakyat, paving the way for these to be legalised.

Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the move to legalise these ride-hailing services represents an important milestone for public transport, Bernama reports.

“It (legalisation) shows that Malaysian public transportation is moving into the digital era (by providing digital services). We are confident that it will be a more efficient service. I would say that it is an important milestone for Malaysians,” he said.

He added that legalisation of these services will also help the country to achieve its 40% public transportation modal share target by 2030. He said that services such as Uber, taxis and buses will help provide last-mile connection because of the need for these types of transportation and support.

“By 2027, the Mass Rapid Transit project would be completed and by then all linkages within the city would be really enhanced. All these would further enhance public transportation in Malaysia, so as to achieve the 40% target,” he said.