To ensure taxi drivers do not lose out and improve their quality of service, the government will continue to encourage them to make use of ride-hailing apps. This was relayed by Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, minister in the prime minister’s department, in a report by Bernama.

“Currently only 14,000 taxi drivers are registered with the e-hailing platform, but I am very confident the number is increasing,” she said. Recently, the Dewan Rakyat tabled and passed amendments that would pave the way for ride-hailing services to be legalised in Malaysia.

The amendments involve the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987, with implementation said to be put in place by October this year. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also issued a series of requirements to drivers that are looking to offer such services.

Taxi drivers are also said to benefit from improvements to the pajak (leasing) model, including rent-free day for Puspakom inspections, annual and sick leave, driver’s personal insurance, and profit sharing between taxi drivers and operators for advertisements featured on vehicles.