KLCC taxi company, Big Blue Capital Sdn Bhd, is suing both Uber and GrabCar over territorial rights. It is claiming that the ride-sharing services are trespassing on its area of operation and conducting illegal operations. The law suit has not been brought forward just yet, and the company is saying that it is discussing the issue.
Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, owner and adviser of Big Blue Capital, said that there would not have been any problems with Uber and GrabCar if the ride-sharing services had used its taxis instead. Shamsubahrin claims that his company allows all taxis to operate around KLCC, provided that they register with his company for record keeping and use a meter.
Shamsubahrin also claimed that ride-sharing services are unsafe, and the public is putting their lives at risk when boarding the vehicles. He argued that taxis are safer due to the drivers keeping their vehicles in top condition.
“The public cannot think cheap all the time. You come to our counter, you want safety for your family, you have to pay for it. But if you don’t want to have safety, you have to go elsewhere,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
It should be noted that Big Blue Capital was previously known as Awana Sutera Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd; the company that had attempted to sue the Land Public Transport Commission for failing to take action against ride-sharing services. Shamsubahrin had also previously said that SPAD’s jurisdiction should only cover buses and trains; leaving taxis free from its regulations.
[Source: Malaysian Insider]