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Govt’s move to assist taxi and Uber drivers hailed by all



(22.10.2016) Those depending on public transport got a further boost with the Government’s decision to extend aid to taxi and Uber drivers.

A total of 12,000 taxi drivers will get RM5,000 each to help them buy their own vehicles and apply for taxi permits.

Uber also got a big endorsement – those who want to drive for the company but don’t own vehicles can apply for a RM4,000 rebate to buy Proton Iriz cars.

Fomca secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj declared that consu­mers were the big benefactors.

“People have more options now and will probably enjoy better rates.

“But I wish that the Govern­ment had focused on buses and provi­ding transport from LRT stations to homes,” he said.

Uber, in an immediate response, said it would announce its tie-up with Proton soon.

“This initiative will enable economic empowerment.

“It is a clear win for the ride sharing industry and shows a forward-thinking lea­dership,” it said in a statement yesterday.

Grab welcomed the fund allocations to both taxi and Uber drivers.

“We appreciate the newly announced budget which looks into the need to overcome a significant hurdle, namely vehicle ownership and capitalising on it as a legitimate source of income,” said Grab Malaysia country head Jaygan Fu.

As expected, taxi associations were not excited with the announcement. Big Blue Taxi Service founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said the allocations would also encou­rage more drivers to return their rented cars and branch out on their own.

The Government’s move to allow taxi drivers with a monthly income of RM3,000 to become Socso members was hailed.

Under the Socso scheme, with a contribution of between RM157 and RM443 annually or about RM13.08 a month, taxi drivers can be assured of financial aid in the event something untoward happens.

Drivers who lose the abi­lity to drive will receive a lump sum payment of between RM43,000 and RM121,000 and a monthly payment of between RM1,281 and RM2,624 for life.

In the event of death, the next of kin shall receive a dependant’s be­nefit of between RM945 and RM2,655 per month.

Socso coverage has been an issue that drivers have been calling for since 2013.

Transport Workers Union president Tan Sri Zainal Rampak said this was a rare occurrence for the sector to be acknowledged in such a way under the national budget.

For 33-year-old taxi driver Abu Rafi Abdul Rashid, who has lost nearly 75% of his income after e-hailling became popular, the Socso coverage and option to upgrade his car was a break he had been waiting for.

“It has been quite hard, I had to find a second job to support myself. But this is great, I can get a better car now,” he said.

Taxi driver C. Satkunaseelan said the Socso contribution would provide financial aid to the taxi drivers community.

“Currently, we have nothing to cover us and when mishaps happen, our life takes a turn for the worst,” he said.

The father of three started driving taxi 11 years ago after he lost his job in a shoe manufacturing plant.


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