In a report by Berita Harian, Big Blue Taxi Services wants the new Pakatan Harapan government to restrict Grab Malaysia’s operations in the country.

The company’s advisor, Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, said the government should not provide any support or cooperate with any e-hailing service provider as they (taxi drivers) have been treated unfairly in the past. He claims that before the existence of Grab, the company previously known as MyTeksi had manipulated taxi drivers for their own personal gain.

“Once in the past, taxi drivers fully supported MyTeksi’s efforts but once it reached a high level of success, the company introduced services where vehicles without proper licencing were allowed to ferry passengers,” Shamsubahrin said.

“The move caused taxi fleet operators and drivers to lose their source of income, not to mention the [e-hailing services] operated without regulation. The taxi industry is keen to modernise and is agreeable to use technology to improve its service but many things must first be revised, including the management of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD),” he added.

Shamsubahrin also called upon prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to look into the issues relating to the taxi industry, e-hailing and land transport laws. “We agree that ride-sharing services are under the purview of SPAD and local industry players, but on the condition the vehicles used must follow the same rules as a regular taxi,” Shamsubahrin noted.

In a previous report, it was already announced that all drivers providing e-hailing services are subject to the same regulations and requirements as taxi drivers as of April 6, 2018. Under the new regulations, e-hailing drivers will need to undergo evaluations involving their background, traffic offences, health, training level and vehicle roadworthiness.

The change has already been in the works since December last year, where discussions to replace/update the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license were made, following amendments made to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.