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Monday, August 15, 2016

SPAD to announce details of TITP tomorrow

PETALING JAYA - The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will hold a special press conference tomorrow to officially announce the much awaited details of the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP) including the plan to legalise e-hailing services such as Grab and Uber.

It is expected that the commission will reveal in full the proposed revamp for the Teksi 1Malaysia model and budget cab operations, new taxi variant for urban services, service contract for cab companies, empowerment to SPAD by Transport Ministry for Public Service Vehicle license issuance and other details.

The media will also be informed, after a townhall briefing for stakeholders, of the proposed legal operation for e-hailing and the legislation process to regulate the controversial Grab and Uber car-sharing model by year-end.

For the cabbies and some industry players, the news to legalise Uber was described as insulting while the country's sole public transport NGO Public Transport Users Association (4PAM) has accused SPAD of zero transparency to finalise the taxi blueprint even though a comprehensive engagement session via a 46-day taxi lab was held by the commission last November.

The cabbies have also issued a warning to launch a protest strike this week together with taxi companies not to support the ruling party should the plan to "legalise" Uber and Grab materialises.

However, the phrase "legalise" for Uber and Grab is not part of SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar's terminology.

He insisted on Friday that the legalisation for ride services using private cars was never in the picture but merely "as a move to regulate e-hailing services."

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