Amendments of two laws to regulate ride-sharing apps, in particular Grab and Uber are expected to be given the greenlight, according to the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
The amendments being tabled concern the Land Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.
"We must do it by the end of this session. I believe we will be able to complete and pass the amendments," she told The Sun. She mentioned that the amendments will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Tuesday for the very first reading. The second and third reading is expected to be completed by the end of that session.
"This regulatory move will bring a positive impact not just for taxi drivers, e-hailing service providers and passengers, but also give interested local entrepreneurs the space to explore opportunities in the industry through the local application system development," she added.
A new policy framework has been set up to make sure that service providers of ride-sharing apps will deliver quality service.
These ride-sharing app service providers are also required to to register with the Companies Commission and regulations that apply to taxi drivers will soon be applied to drivers of Uber and Grab.
"This includes a driver's card issued by the Land Public Transport Commission, vehicle inspections, screening by authorities as well as training. Through these methods, both conventional taxi services and the e-hailing services will be able to provide quality service to the public," she further added.
Elsewhere, the government is also encouraging those from the lower income group to drive for Uber and Grab, as they are subsidizing the purchase of a Proton Iriz by RM4,000. This only applies to those who qualify for the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) scheme.
Existing Uber and Grab drivers plus existing self-employed cabbies have more reasons to rejoice, as they will be covered under the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) by the Social Security Organisation (Socso). In the past, these self-employed cabbies had to purchase their own insurance.