E-hailing services are now legal businesses here in Malaysia. The Dewan Rakyat has passed amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987, allowing such services to own a business license issued by a regulatory body.
As expected, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be in charge of overseeing e-hailing businesses. While the same function will be held by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board in Sabah and Sarawak.
A surprise amendment was also introduced to make hindering e-hailing services an offense. Anyone trying to get in the way of a e-hailing driver will face a maximum of three months in prison or up to RM1000 in fines.
[Source: The Star]