The Government Just Tabled A Bill To Protect Uber And Grab Drivers From Being Assaulted

E-hailing services such as Uber and Grab are moving one step closer to legalisation.

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E-hailing services like Uber and Grab could soon be legalised in Malaysia after the government tabled a bill on 4 April, Tuesday, to regulate these services and protect drivers from harassment

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The amendments to the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Act 1987 and the Land Public Transport Act 2010 were tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri in Parliament yesterday, 4 April.

Under the bill, it will be compulsory for a company operating e-hailing services to acquire a licence and comply with conditions set by CVLB

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

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Some of the conditions include measures to safeguard the safety of passengers.

Those who fail to comply with the conditions set by CVLB can be fined between RM1,000 and RM200,000, jailed a maximum of two years, or both upon conviction.

On the other hand, a person who provides e-hailing services without an intermediation business licence can be fined up to RM500,000, jailed for not more than three years, or both upon conviction.

Under Section 12E, those operating e-hailing services cannot transfer or reassign their licence unless authorised. If they do, they can be fined between RM1,000 and RM10,000, jailed up to one year or both upon conviction.

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The bill also aims to define the term "e-hailing" as a motor vehicle with a seating capacity of four people and not more than 11 people, including the driver.

Also, anyone who assaults, hinders, or obstructs operators of ridesharing services will bear consequences

As reported by The Star, those who commit the offence will be fined up to RM1,000 or jailed up to three months, or both, upon conviction.

The bill is set to be debated in the current Parliament sitting, which ends on Thursday.

Uber recently introduced that it will require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests:

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