Existing laws will be used to regulate Uber and GrabCar

By THE STAR | 18 December 2015


KUALA LUMPUR: Existing laws will be used to regulate Uber and GrabCar services, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow denied that new laws would be drawn up, saying the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had held a discussion with Uber and GrabCar stakeholders and were studying which laws could be used to regulate the ridesharing apps' services.

"Basically, there is a need to regulate. If taxis fall within the purview of law, so should Uber and GrabCar," he told reporters after attending the ground-breaking ceremony at the Wong Low Shen See Chee How Temple's site in Seputeh Friday.

He pointed out that "anyone can be an Uber driver" at present, saying it was unfair to taxi operators.

"Just like taxis, we need to monitor the (Uber and GrabCar) drivers to protect the rights of passengers. There should be standard procedures in place on how to apply to be an Uber driver.

"We can't have them operating illegally on the roads," said Liow.

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