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Abolition Of PSV License Still Being Discussed

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KUALA LUMPUR – The proposed abolition of the public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s license is still being discussed, said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

He said SPAD was still studying the proposal and the cooperation of related parties was necessary before any decision could be made.

“SPAD cannot make the decision. At the moment, we are still discussing with the Road Transport Department (RTD),” he told a press conference here today.

SPAD had earlier proposed to abolish the PSV license so that it could be replaced with a new system to standardise service of both taxi and ride-hailing apps drivers.

However, some taxi companies operating in the capital have expressed the view that SPAD should review the proposed abolition of the license.

Meanwhile, Big Blue Capital (M) Sdn Bhd adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail urged that the PSV license be maintained and quality of the system be improved.

“SPAD and RTD should work together to improve on the PSV license … raise the standard, so that we will be able to have quality drivers.

“Get the existing taxi drivers in line first, then only consider the Uber and Grabcar drivers,” he said in a separate press conference representing 800 taxi drivers from the company.

In the meantime, Shamsubahrin urged SPAD top management to go down to the ground to observe the taxi drivers before approving the proposal.

He was commenting on SPAD’s plan to abolish the PSV license which is among 11 initiatives under the e-hailing and transformation for taxi industry models. – BERNAMA

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