Triggered by the recent case of a 26-year old woman who suffered a miscarriage a week after being robbed at knifepoint by an Uber driver, the authorities are putting more scrutiny on app-based ride hailing operators Uber and Grab. Soon, the vetting of drivers will be done by the authorities, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said.
Currently, the screening of drivers is done by Uber and Grab themselves, but that task will be handed over to agencies like the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police, according to SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar in a report by The Star .
“It is of utmost urgency as there have been various incidents and we are getting more and more reports. We are very concerned and want the laws to be passed in Parliament as soon as possible,” he told the daily.
“They told us that they have a good screening system in place with background checks done with the police and JPJ. Obviously, this has not been followed accordingly,” said Syed Hamid, who was “very upset” over the incident. The SPAD chief said that under the proposed amendments to the Land Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act […]