Najib announces goodies for cab drivers to level playing field with e-hailing services

16-Apr-2018 Intellasia | The Malay Mail Online | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced a slew of goodies for taxi drivers in the form of the 1Malaysia Taxi Assistance Card (Kad Bantuan Teksi 1Malaysia).

At the launch of the assistance card, Najib said the card comes with one-off aid containing a preloaded value of RM800 which can be used to purchase petrol or NGV at Petronas stations nationwide.

“I would like to announce that the government will be handing out the 1Malaysia Taxi Assistance Card to roughly 67,000 taxi drivers nationwide worth RM800. SPAD, which will worked together with the finance ministry will be handing these cards out.

“The government has allocated RM53.6 million for this assistance and with this card, taxi drivers can fill their tanks with petrol or NGV at Petronas stations,” Najib said today.

The card also comes with a personal accident insurance coverage of up to RM50,000 offered by Mesra-AXXESS, subject to terms and conditions.

The coverage is valid as long as at least RM100 is spent using Kad Mesra each month and to enjoy this insurance, the recipient must first activate the card. The crowd of roughly 10,000 taxi drivers cheered Najib on and gave him a standing ovation at the end of his speech.

The skim Bantuan Rakyat Malaysia (BR1M) was also another handout granted to taxi drivers, as many of them were previously exempted.

“We realised that anyone registered with SSM (Companies Commission Malaysia) was exempted from BR1M handouts. This was not our intention; therefore, I would like to announce that all taxi drivers nationwide who qualify for BR1M receive automatic approval, including the additional BR1M I announced recently,” said Najib.

To level the playing field with ride e-hailing services such as Grab, Najib told the crowd that e-hailing services will be subject to the same conditions as all taxi drivers.

“Datuk Nancy Shukri and SPAD have presented a Cabinet paper recently, requiring those involved in e-hailing services to follow the same rules, regulations and conditions as taxi drivers.

“They are required to undergo training, scheduled vehicle checks, health checks, traffic checks and more. The Cabinet approved this on April 6 and on the same day, I have instructed it to be gazetted and enforced,” said Najib to the roar of approval from the assembled crowd.


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