Nancy: Uber Still Illegal In Sarawak

Posted on: 2016-09-14

Uber must obtain a state licence to operate in Sarawak before rolling out its ride-sharing services there or face the possibility of having its drivers go carless, federal minister Datuk Nancy Shukri has said.

Nancy said Uber has yet to apply for a permit from the Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) that will allow the company to legally offer its services in the state, citing the requirement under Section 51 of the LPKP Act, The Borneo Post Online reported today.

“Uber is still not legal until they register with LPKP Sarawak. We need to record their activities and we have to be responsible for passengers,” the minister in the Prime Minister's Department was quoted saying.

The Borneo paper previously reported that Uber was to start operations in Kuching, Sarawak tomorrow.

Nancy said Road Transport Department officials and the police were authorised by law to confiscate unlicenced vehicles offering taxi service, and added that action could also be taken against the drivers under Section 56 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for not having the required licence to provide taxi services.

Nancy, who oversees both the Sarawak and Sabah LPKP, noted that Uber would still have to comply with the conditions set if it registers with the board.

“I am not saying we are suggesting Uber should be legalised yet. They need to comply with terms and conditions. It does not matter how they want to label their vehicles but they must register. At the moment, they are still not legal, so we do not recognise them,” she was quoted saying,

Nancy also oversees the Public Land Transport Commission (Spad). She said the commission had briefed the federal Cabinet on reforms for the taxi industry in peninsular Malaysia, which would also involve the legalisation and regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab.

Nancy said she expects to table a proposed amendment to the Road Transport Act to legalise services like Uber in Cabinet soon, adding that she hopes Spad could share the proposed reforms with LPKP Sarawak and LPKP Sabah.

“Let them listen to the briefings first and taxi associations in Sarawak and Sabah will see whether they are agreeable with the plan,” she was quoted saying.


Source From: themalaymail

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