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Cabbies Sue SPAD To Compel Action Against Uber, Grabcar

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is being sued by 102 taxi drivers for alleged negligence on action to ban Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane, which they claim are affecting their livelihoods.

They are applying for a court order for SPAD to issue guidelines and a circular on the agreed terms to ban the activities of the three operators, who they claimed charged lower rates for transport services.

The taxi drivers, who have formed an ad hoc action committee from 29 taxi associations, are seeking a permanent injunction to compel SPAD not to legalise the activities and operations of Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane. They claim these companies have not received approval from the authorities to ferry passengers.

In the statement of claim, taxi driver Abdul Aziz Lebai Milin and 101 other taxi drivers named SPAD as the sole defendant.

They want a declaration from the High Court for SPAD to ban these three operators within seven days of a court order.

Among others, they are asking for general damages, interest, costs and relief deemed fit by the court.

They filed the lawsuit at the High Court civil registry through lawyer R. Kengadharan.

Speaking to reporters here Wednesday, Kengadharan said his clients’ incomes were affected by the three operators who used personal vehicles for commercial purposes.

“Those part-time drivers are not properly licensed and their vehicles have no proper insurance coverage to protect passengers. Their vehicles also do not go through the regular inspections subjected to taxi drivers every six months to ensure roadworthiness,” he said.

Kengadharan said his clients filed the suit to ensure “fair play” and healthy competition to improve the transport industry.

Committee chairman Zailani Isa Usuludin,45, said they wanted to defend their rights as their source of income had been seriously affected.

“We have to support our families. We work for 16 hours but only get between RM150 and RM160. We have to pay for costs for car rental, petrol and maintenance, and to the respective companies. How to survive with the balance of RM30 after all those deductions?” said Zailani.

He said they had lost almost 60% of their daily income to these operators.

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