Submitted by Private Driving Prosecution Editor,
KUALA LUMPUR: Work colleagues who normally pile into Kelvin’s Honda City on the way to that new mee rebus lunch place, will need to reconsider from today. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has confirmed private vehicles who offer Uber type illegal taxi services will be fined or jailed.
“I’m disappointed by the announcement,” said Yip an office worker, “but Kelvin always posts his ‘jom we go lunch!’ alerts on our Whatsapp office group chat and consenting adults making smartphone app driving hookups is an offense under Section 16 of the Land Public Transportation Act 2010! Now we all have to get our own cars out of the parking garage and hope we can find spaces near our favorite lunch places!”
A spokesman for the Malaysian Taxi Drivers association Ahmad Bin Bakar, supported the SPAD initiative. “Malaysians have become accustomed to a certain standard of public taxi in the country. If these Uber drivers do not insist on haggling fares in old run down cars that smell of mee goreng and body odor, many might forget they are in Malaysia, and think they are in some taxi overseas!”