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This New Local App Wants To Make It Easier And Safer For The Public To Book Taxis

The app is now available to download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

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There's a new e-hailing app in town and its goal is to help level the playing field for cabbies in an industry currently dominated by the likes of Uber and Grab

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Say hello to PICKnGO.

The app, which is the brainchild of five local taxi companies, will usher in a new era for the local taxi industry by prioritising the welfare of cabbies in Malaysia.

The app has been operational for the past three months and it currently has over 1,000 taxi drivers registered on the platform, reports The Borneo Post.

The app's objective is to provide passengers with safe, reliable, and convenient taxi rides

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"We are targeting to register 10,000 licenced and trained professional taxi drivers across Greater Kuala Lumpur. The app was the brainchild born from five taxi companies, which were keen to keep abreast of technological advancements and the changing business landscape," its executive director Valerie Chan told reporters during the launch of the app yesterday, 7 August.

The five taxi companies are New Supercab Sdn Bhd, Uptownace (M) Sdn Bhd, Damai Kota Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Pemandu, and Pemilik Teksi Bhd and Perniagaan Lima Sejati Sdn Bhd.

Chan said taxi drivers interested in driving for the app must go through mandatory training sessions and have their vehicles inspected and insured

"All PICKnGO taxi drivers are registered and have undergone various training programmes to improve service standards, and vehicles are also insured and constantly inspected," she said as quoted by The Sun Daily.

The app charges consistent, metered rates with no surges

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It functions more or less like all the other e-hailing apps out there. Users can connect to taxi drivers and have direct access to their profiles. The real-time Google Maps will also show where the taxi drivers are and when they will arrive.

Users have the flexibility of paying with cash or debit and credit card.

To address safety concerns among the e-hailing industry of late, the app is equipped with an SOS button which is connected to the police in times of emergency

Chan assured that PICKnGO only works with drivers who have been screened and are trained professional drivers with updated service skills

PICKnGO is now available to download on Google Playstore and Apple App Store

Do you think PICKnGO can help improve the taxi industry in Malaysia? Lets us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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