Vehicles Over Five Years Old Cannot Be Used For Taxi And E-Hailing Services, Says SPAD

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has announced a set of new regulations that will set to go into force once when amendments to the Land Public Transport Act are passed through the Dewan Negara.

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The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has issued a number of regulations for e-hailing drivers after the legalisation of such services in the country

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Amendments were passed to the Land Public Transport Bill 2017 and the Commercial Vehicles Licencing Board Act Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat on 27 July.

The amendments will need to be passed in Dewan Negara and get the Royal Assent before it can be gazetted and enforced. Once the amendments are gazetted, a number of new regulations will be put in place.

For starters, vehicles older than five years old will not be allowed to offer e-hailing services

E-hailing drivers would not be able to use vehicles over five years old from the date of registration with the Road Transport Department, The Star Online reported.

However, vehicles that are not over age limit can be used until the seventh year.

Drivers for these services will be required to send their vehicles to annual Puspakom inspection after three years from the date of registration with JPJ.

To ensure a level playing field, this requirement will also apply to taxis as well.

In addition, drivers will also be required to register with SPAD, obtain a digital driver’s card, own a competent driver’s license, attend customer service-oriented training, and undergo checks for outstanding criminal records or summonses

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Other requirements include insurance coverage provided by e-hailing operators for drivers, passengers, vehicles, and third parties.

E-hailing apps will have to be equipped with features specified by SPAD such as GPS capability and an SOS button for both drivers and passengers.

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