Should The Government Develop A National Ride Hailing Service?

Local taxi driver wants a local government run e-hailing service.
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The government should develop a national e-hailing application, said the Penyatuan Pemain Industri Pengangkutan Darat Malaysia (PPDM).

On behalf of taxi drivers, the PPDM demands that there is a local government-controlled alternative to privately owned e-hailing services.

In a memorandum to the government, the PPDM said that privately-owned companies have robbed the industry of billions of ringgit and damaged the country’s taxi industry ecosystem.

It also created a strain between taxi drivers and e-hailing drivers.

At the same time, the taxi drivers call for equality between taxi and e-hailing drivers and for the government to recognise both industries under the commercial category.

They also want the same fare rates and regulations to be applied to both industries.

The PPDM memorandum was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office by representative Mohd Sabri Omar earlier today.

It also includes demands from bus, lorry and p-hailing drivers.

The action was taken after many letters were sent to the Transport Ministry without results, according to PPDM.

The members of the organisation include association leaders, operators, and drivers involved in the land transport industry.

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