LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 3pm

Langkawi Taxi Operators Advised To Form Partnerships With E-Hailing Companies

LANGKAWI -- Taxi operator associations in Langkawi and "e-hailing" companies like Uber and GrabCar should discuss the possibility of creating a partnership that can benefit both parties, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Nancy said she had already asked the e-hailing operators to include taxi operators on their platforms.

"I asked Uber and Grabcar to make them (taxi drivers) ‘partner drivers' but we leave it up to the taxi drivers to discuss with them (Uber and Grabcar)," she told reporters after holding a closed-door meeting with members of the Langkawi branch Taxi Association of Malaysia (Petekma) and the Langkawi Taxi Owners' Association.

According to her, the issue regarding Uber and Grabcar were among those discussed during the two-hour meeting which was also attended by several officers from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Nancy also expressed her gratitude to all members of the two associations who understood the government's position in gazetting the law on 'e-hailing' services following amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 passed by Parliament last year.

In the meantime, she said the SPAD was in the process of giving out grants of RM5,000 to any taxi driver who wished to migrate to an e-hailing service.