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E-hailing to receive green light in on-going Parliament meeting

CYBERJAYA: The amendments to the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Bill, which are set to regulate e-hailing services Uber and Grabcar is likely to be given the green light by Parliament, in its current meeting.
Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the government had asked Uber and Grab to bring in the conventional taxi drivers to be part of the two ride-sharing application.
She was speaking to reporters after attending the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house hosted by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). Also present were the science advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid and MIGHT chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman.
Nancy reiterated that conventional taxi drivers will benefit from their smart partnership with Uber and Grabcar.
"Uber and Grab are engaging the taxi drivers associations. The Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP) is a new business model. We can't scrap Uber and Grab."
Nancy said under TITP, the conventional taxi drivers will benefit the most because they can use apps and street-hailing to get passengers while Uber and Grab are not allowed to.
The bill, tabled in April this year, involved amending Clause 4 which seeks to insert a new subsection (1b) into section 14 of Act 334 to provide that an e-hailing vehicles shall be a public service vehicles subject to an intermediation business licence.
The bill also seeks to insert the definition of ‘e-hailing’ as a motor vehicle with a seating capacity of four people and not more than 11 people, including the driver.
E-hailing in the bill is defined as a motor vehicle used for the carriage of person(s) on any journey in consideration of a single or separate fares for each of them, in which the arrangement, booking or transaction, and the fare for such journey, are facilitated through an electronic mobile application.

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