Background checks are being conducted by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on drivers of e-hailing services Uber and Grab. The checks are being conducted with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police to ensure drivers do not have a criminal record and have safe driving records.

SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said this during the Land Public Transport Symposium 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. “Once we are done then we will register them with the commission,” Azharuddin said in a The Sun Daily report, adding that the e-hailing operators had been cooperative in submitting drivers details to SPAD.

Regarding a question on the oBike bicycle sharing platform, Azharuddin said SPAD is supportive of the idea but pointed out that the commission is not a regulatory body. “The regulator would be the respective local authorities it operates in, and we are open to assist the local authorities in establishing a consistant regulatory scheme that clearly states how the system should be managed and regulated,” he said.

This was in response to the recent incident where the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) seized over 250 bicycles belonging to bike-sharing platform. The bicycles were seized because they were causing obstruction but the matter has since been resolved.