Was Uber Really Declared Illegal In Malaysia?
MyTeksi Wants Uber To Compete Fairly
Taxi booking service provider MyTeksi Sdn Bhd wants regulators to impose a more “level playing field” to compete with vehicle-for-hire service Uber. General manager Adelene Foo said MyTeksi welcomed healthy competition to improve the industry but wanted it “in a fairer manner”.thestar.com.my
“We welcome competitors but on the same level playing field,” she said at a press conference to announce a US$90mil (RM342mil) funding for the company yesterday.thestar.com.my
Uber Has Responded To JPJ With A Social Media Campaign Called #ChooseUberMY
The campaign stated the "taxi industry is asking the government to protect them from competition"
The e-mail, titled Malaysia, the choice is yours stated that taxi drivers were asking the Government to protect them from competition that would improve (the public transportation) service for Malaysians and provide safer transportation for women. "Unfortunately, the government is listening to the taxi industry and ignoring the rakyat who are pleading for a safe and more reliable choice," stated the e-mail.thestar.com.my
Many social media users rallied to support Uber with the hashtag and shared reasons why they would choose the ride sharing service over local taxis
If the local taxis were safer compared to Uber, people would actually be more than happy to take them #chooseUberMY— zoey (@zoeypky) September 26, 2014
I #chooseUberMY because i think its about time Malaysia put down protectionism.Competition will reduce price and increase Standard of Living— Azrul Azuan (@AzuanAzrul) September 27, 2014
The JPJ has responded to the #chooseUberMy campaign with a press release. It states that although Uber has provided Malaysians with good service, rules and regulations still need to be adhered for the service to be legal.
JPJ Will Start Cracking Down On Uber Drivers This October
From October 1, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be carrying out a nationwide crackdown on private individuals and companies providing transport services through Uber, The Star reports.paultan.org
JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said private vehicles found providing the taxi-like services would be impounded. He said individuals or companies providing the services could also be fined between RM1,000 and RM10,000 or jailed up to a year.thestar.com.my
“It is similar to teksi sapu or illegal taxis, and that is why we are taking action to stop it,” The Star quoted him as saying. “The public should be aware that by using private vehicles as taxis, they are not covered by any insurance should they get involved in any accident.”paultan.org
"The public should aware that by using private vehicles as taxi, they are not covered by any insurance should they get involved in any accident," he said here Monday.thestar.com.my
Uber Responds To SPAD's Claims With 4 Reasons Why They Should Stay
Following the backlash over its transport application, Uber said today it welcomed a chance to discuss with government officials about transport issues plaguing the Klang Valley. It said that it would also discuss with non-governmental organisations about how the innovation could transform public transport in Kuala Lumpur.themalaysianinsider.com
The Deputy President of the Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (GABUNGAN), Datuk Mohd Alias Abdul took to the media with Executive Director of Sunlight Radio Taxi Service Sdn Bhd, Ab Jalil Maarof to try and scare Malaysians away from Uber. So we think it’s a good time to clarify a few facts:uber.com
Riders in 180 cities around the world are flocking to Uber because of the safety, convenience and reliability it brings to for-hire transportation.uber.com
28 August: News Reports Of Uber Being Declared Illegal Has Gotten Malaysian Social Media Users All Riled Up
Did The Government Really Declare The Transportation Service As Illegal?
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Did In Fact Deem Uber's Service As Illegal, Referring To It As Kereta Sapu
The UBER mobile app transport service that connects passengers with drivers of private vehicles for hire and ride-sharing services is illegal. "This illegal service provided could be colloquially referred to as kereta sapu," he said in a press statement.thesundaily.my
This Is Because Uber Uses Private Vehicles To Carry Fare-Paying Passengers, An Offence Under The Land Public Transport Act 2010
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar (pix) said the use of private vehicles to carry fare-paying passengers is an offence under the Land Public Transport Act 2010.thesundaily.my
SPAD findings, he said, indicate that UBER uses private vehicles as well as vehicles registered for hire-and-drive and limousine services. Vehicles registered as hire-and-drive vehicles under SPAD are not allowed to be used for taxi or limousine services.thesundaily.my
Furthermore, Uber's Vehicles Are Not Covered By Commercial Insurance While Its Drivers Do Not Have A Public Service Vehicle Driving License. This Is An Offence Under The Road Transport Act 1987.
The commission said vehicles currently used by Uber were not covered by commercial insurance and might not go through Puspakom's semi-annual inspection.themalaysianinsider.com
Furthermore, SPAD findings on UBER indicate that some of its drivers do not have a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) driving licence and this is an offence under the Road Transport Act 1987.thesundaily.my
While Uber Presents A Challenge To Public Transport Regulators, SPAD Is Ready To Allow Uber To Operate As Long As The Services Provided Are By Properly Licensed Vehicles And Drivers
SPAD added that while services provided by Uber presented a challenging issue to many public transport regulators around the world, SPAD was taking a more pragmatic approach and was ready to allow Uber's service as long as the services are provided by appropriately licensed vehicles and drivers.themalaysianinsider.com
"Under the current regulatory scheme, among the vehicles used by UBER, only licensed limousines are eligible to offer chauffeur-driven services, and since there are 839 licensed limousines nationwide which are eligible to offer this service, the supply of vehicles and drivers should therefore not be an issue for UBER," he added.thesundaily.my
SPAD Says Uber Must Comply With The Law In Providing Its Services, Or Face Enforcement Action
Uber, the company offering transport service through smartphone application to customers in Malaysia, must comply with the law in providing the services said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).themalaysianinsider.com
"As the regulator in charge of Malaysia's land public transport, SPAD takes compliance to the law, local rules and regulations very seriously. "And while the public may be satisfied with Uber's services now, without rules and regulations, there is no guarantee that the public is protected in the long run," it said.themalaymailonline.com
"We will not hesitate to take enforcement action on service providers who do not comply with the law," he said, adding that they will also mete out appropriate punishment on vehicle owners who violate the Land Public Transport Act 2010.thesundaily.my
SPAD Has Even Attempted To Contact Uber Via Phone And Email To Discuss The Issue, But Has Yet To Receive Any Response
Syed Hamid also disclosed that SPAD has attempted to contact UBER by telephone and via email but to date, it has not responded or replied to SPAD.thesundaily.my
"In an effort to reach out and ensure that Uber complies with Malaysian laws, SPAD has attempted to contact Uber by telephone and by email but to date, Uber has not responded nor replied to any of SPAD's outreach attempts," the commission said in a statement today.themalaysianinsider.com