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PUTRAJAYA, 14 Feb 2017:
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has warned motorcycle taxi service operator Dego Ride not to challenge the laws of this country.
“The Road Transport Department and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will launch undercover operations to arrest those who offer Dego Ride services.
“Our enforcement officers will take stern action. We are against the use of motorcycles to fetch passengers since it creates higher risk for passengers.
“Statistics show that motorcyclists accounted for about 62% of fatal road accidents last year.”
He said Dego Ride violates Section 23 of the Road Transport Act 1987 and Sections 16 and 47 of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Act and the operators can be prosecuted in court.
Dego Ride founder and chief executive officer, Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj claimed there is no legal provision to prevent him from offering the motorcycle taxi service.
Liow said the the Transport Ministry plans to introduce mini taxis consisting of cars with 1,000cc or lower to send the commuters from the rail stations to their homes.
“I urge the local residents to form their own mode of transport. They need to register with SPAD. The ministry is promoting the last mile transportation to improve our public transportation.”
Meanwhile, despite the government order for it cease operations with immediate effect as announced, the Dego Ride motorcycle taxi service appears to be still available.
A check by Bernama yesterday found the service was running as usual – at least the one booked by a reporter with the national news agency.
Having booked a trip from Jalan Tun Razak to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), a rider pulled up on a blue motorcyle and handed over a helmet for the trip.
Asked about the halt order for Dego Ride, he said: “I’ve not received any feedback on this from the operator of the service. So, I just carry on as usual.”
He said the service was in high demand as it helped city dwellers to commute around the city easily amid traffic jams.
The one-way fare to KLCC that took a mere seven minutes was RM2.50, while the 15-minute return trip by taxi costs RM15.
Separately, taxi drivers and other self-employed groups will be able to benefit from a social security protection scheme to be introduced this year.
Social Security Organisation (Socso) chief executive Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said under the scheme, these individuals would enjoy the same benefits extended to workers covered by Socso.
“Based on the same approach they will be covered in the event of incidents such as accidents, injuries and deaths.”
Under the scheme, he said taxi drivers as well as Uber and Grab car drivers using their private vehicles to carry passengers would be covered to protect the welfare of the self-employed.
In tabling Budget 2017 in October last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the government’s RM60 million special financial grant for the implementation of the scheme.
Mohammed Azman said Socso and the Human Resources Ministry were taking steps to present the bill in Parliament in March, in order for the scheme to be enforced by June 1.
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