The government has been advised to impose a similar set of regulations and requirements on e-hailing drivers – like Grab – as it does on regular taxi drivers. Chairman of the Federation of the Sabah and Labuan Taxi, Car Rental and Limousine Drivers Associations, Tamrin Eraba said its members are subjected to various conditions such as obtaining special driving licences, permits, passenger insurance and Puspakom tests before being approved to ferry passengers, and the same should apply to Grab drivers and vehicles.

“Our members will not disturb Grab drivers from operating anywhere in the state, what is important is that they should also be subjected to similar rules and regulations. The presence of Grab in Sabah also brings new competition to our existing drivers,” Tamrin told Bernama.

He also advised members of the association to improve the quality of their services in order to remain relevant, and more importantly have a healthy competition with Grab drivers. “I will also hold talks with affiliated association members about reducing the fares so that we can have a healthy competition with Grab,” noted Tamrin.

Meanwhile, Grab was just told to provide Socso contributions to its drivers by Malaysian human resource minister M. Kulasegaran, after learning that the late Grab driver, Aiman Nosri, 27, had no record of Socso contributions. Aiman was found dead in his Perodua Myvi, reportedly with strangulation marks around the neck.