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Taxi drivers file suit against SPAD

A typical taxi rank in Kuala Lumpur.

A typical taxi rank in Kuala Lumpur.

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KUALA LUMPUR — December 30, 2015: A group of 102 taxi drivers from the Klang Valley today filed a suit against the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) over the Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane online taxi service providers they claim to be illegal.

Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee chairman Zailani Isausuludin, together with 101 others as the plaintiffs, filed the suit through Messrs R. Kengadharan & Co. at the high court registrar’s office here.

The plaintiffs are seeking a declaration from SPAD that the Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane operations are illegal since such an online service is not bound by the Land Public Transport Act.

They are also seeking an injunction for SPAD not to approve the activities and operations of the three online taxi service providers, besides issuing a
guideline and circular, subject to agreement of the terms, to ban their operations and activities. They seek general damages, costs, interest and other relief deemed fit by the court.

In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs say the Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane operations have adversely affected the local taxi service industry as the latter’s fares are lower than those of the metered taxis.

They claim that the operations conducted by SPAD and the Road Transport Department against illegal taxis are seen as ineffective for as long as the taxi booking application by Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane is not stopped, thus causing turmoil.

The plaintiffs claim that Uber, Grabcar and Blacklane drivers do not possess driver’s cards issued and approved by SPAD, besides using their own
vehicles to pick passengers while the vehicles are not registered with SPAD.

They also claim that SPAD has failed and neglected to take proactive measures to ban the services of the three operators but has instead given them
priority at the expense of local taxi operators.

Another claim is that SPAD has not been able to protect the rights of local taxi drivers, besides tarnishing the image of the industry and adversely
affecting their livelihoods.

Zailani, who was at court today, said the drivers have lost 60 per cent of their income since the existence of the online services. — Bernama

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