Friday, July 19, 2013


The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is reviewing taxi fares and has indicated a possible increase in the near future.

SPAD was studying the costs incurred by taxi drivers taking into account the operational costs (of taxi drivers)

SPAD  was also looking into an “accreditation programme” which would become a future requirement for cabbies to enable better taxi services.

This was announced by PM Najib in his speech before presenting 500 Taxi 1Malaysia (Teks1m) individual licences to the cabbies. They were part of a group of 1,000 drivers chosen out of 19,117 Teks1m applicants earlier this year.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the fare review was almost at its final stage although it is not declared on what kind of increase would be involved.

However, he said SPAD hoped to present the review before the Government by the end of the year, adding that the implementation might take place by that time or at the beginning of next year.

The current flag-off rate for Malaysian taxis is RM3, with 10 sen charged for every subsequent 100m. The last review was in 2009.

The real problem with the taxi service is not so much of the fare, rather not using the fare meter by taxi drivers. Negotiations need to be carried out before jumping into the taxi and in some cases drivers will refuse to take passenger to areas where it is unlikely he will get a return passenger.

1 comment:

  1. It is very important for us tax payers and the people that vote in the government to take note it is always the taxis always get the upper hand with government support. WHAT ABOUT US, THE TAXI USERS!?
    Most of us taxi users faced the same problems day in & day out like problems, refusing to use meters, going to KLIA - they charge flat rate, taxi refusing to take short trip, boneshaker and dirty taxis to name a few out of a long list.
    Stop pampering these taxis, SPAD must make them follow the rules (Do we need to teach what the SPAD people what to do? If we need to do that, than they are not fit to be in office!)
    SPAD must enforced the law or otherwise remove all the by-laws and let it be free for all. THE LAW IS FOR WHAT? For showcasing only, kah? Consumers need to be protected by the government at the same time not only the taxis!