KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is now mulling the possibility of regulating ride-sharing services offered by companies like Uber and GrabCar, despite the initial threat of crackdown.
SPAD chief executive Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah told reporters yesterday that the commission was aware of the appeal of these services to the public, and said amendments to legislation are now being discussed with the Attorney-General’s Chambers among others, reported English daily The Star.
“We understand the solutions provided by Uber and GrabCar, and the sentiments of the people towards it,” he was quoted saying.
Azharuddin added that the commission was committed to finding a solution “towards this new technology”, which has been operating beyond the commission’s legal framework.
The daily said Azharuddin was responding to reporters pressing on SPAD’s supposed plans to stop Uber drivers from operating.
It was reported that more than 100 private vehicles, which have been operating under the Uber and GrabCar platform had been confiscated by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) since October last year.
SPAD had in July said that although Uber and GrabCar are legal as “service matching” businesses, the manner they operate is not.
Reception by taxi associations towards such ride-sharing services has largely been negative due to what they say is unfair competition as the ride-sharing services remain unregulated while conventional taxis face restrictions by law.
Last week, a group of taxi drivers protesting against these services in front of SPAD headquarters at Kelana Jaya, had lured a GrabCar driver to their location to be detained by SPAD.