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KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Feb 2017:
Dego Ride will submit a proposal to the government next month, seeking approval for its motorcycle ride-hailing service following a stop order of the service earlier this week.
Founder and chief executive officer Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj said the proposal would include the company’s purpose of initiating the Dego Ride service to empower the bottom 40%(B40) income group, which he said was in line with the government’s plans.
“The idea centralises on the B40 group who have a motorcycle as their first investment and that is where Dego Ride comes in, providing opportunities for them to gain additional or to self-generate their income.
“Indonesia, Thailand and even Spain have done it, so why can’t Malaysia adopt the same system? We hope the government could endorse Dego Ride through our proposal.”
He said the Dego Ride proposal will be submitted to the Transport Ministry and the Land Public Transport Commission.
Nabil said the service is mainly to create entrepreneurship opportunities for the targeted group.
On Sunday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had ordered Dego Ride to stop its operations.
In response to that, Nabil had issued an order to about 6,000 Dego Ride riders to cease their ride-hailing operations immediately. The motorcycle ferry service was launched in November last year.
Offering a charge of RM2.50 for the first 3km, the service claims to be the “cheapest ride service in town”. Nabil said Dego also puts its riders through a stringent screening process to make sure they have no previous criminal or driving offences.
Meanwhile, three motorcycle owners were issued summonses by the Road Transport Department (RTD) for providing unauthorised Dego Ride motorcycle taxi services.
RTD enforcement director Datuk V. Valluvan said two of the summonses were issued in Kuala Lumpur and another in Selangor for abusing their motor vehicle licences.
He said the three motorcycle owners would be charged in court under Section 23 (2) of the Road Transport Department and face a fine of up to RM10,000, or two years’ imprisonment, or both, if found guilty.
“RTD has also issued a notice to the owner of the Dego Ride company to appear at the Putrajaya RTD headquarters within seven days to record his statement.”
Separately, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is not empowered to control e-hailing motorcycle taxi service Dego Ride as there is still no law on the service.
Chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the operator of the service should be prepared to face legal action as it was operating without a licence.
“Motorcycles are not included in the list of public transport to carry passengers for a fare. The service is also disallowed as it involves safety and insurance protection for passengers.”
Further, Liow stressed the Transport Ministry was resolute with its decision to ban the service based on the issue of passenger safety.
“There is no grey area in this Dego Ride ban. It is very clear cut. The government and the ministry have made the decision to ban this service as it is hazardous to passengers.”