The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is looking to introduce a ‘driver card’ system for ride-sharing drivers. The card would allow them to operate legally, while still avoiding the requirement of applying for a taxi license. SPAD Chairman Syed Hamid Albar says that the commission will first conduct a comprehensive study of the proposal before making any further moves.
The ‘driver card’ system is being proposed to exist alongside the public service vehicles operator license, although SPAD is as of yet unsure how the two would co-exist. “It will take some time to implement this new system because new laws and legal changes will have to be applied in adjusting the system for Grabcar, Uber and normal taxi drivers,” said Syed Hamid.
SPAD has made it no secret that it is looking into legalising and regulating services like Grab and Uber. The commission has previously said it would have a proposal to table before Parliament by the end of the year, and it looks like it is now looking into the finer details of how to go about getting ride-sharing regulated.
One obstacle that appears to be slowing SPAD’s work is the need to balance their proposal with the need to cater to the needs of the taxi industry. Taxi drivers often make their displeasure at the existence of Grab and Uber by holding street rallies; and it looks like SPAD wants to avoid another showdown with the drivers.
[Source: The Star]