Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab often operate in the grey area of the law. Some countries have outright banned the service citing violation of transportation laws while others have started regulating with special licences.
Despite protests by taxi drivers, the Malaysian government appears to be supportive of ride-sharing to an extent that our recent Budget 2017 encourages people to use their BR1M money to purchase new vehicles for the service. Now both Uber and Grab are finally legal with the latest amendments passed in Parliament.
Uber and Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia has signed an MOU to introduce taxi vehicles on the Uber platform in Malaysia. This would allow the best taxi drivers under the association to get passengers through the Uber network.
In the wake of the recent events surrounding Uber, I think it’s time we had a discussion about what I once called my favourite ride sharing service. Has Uber’s service been declining lately? Or is it just one terribly unlucky streak for them in Malaysia?
From my personal experiences, I have to say, it’s the former.
UPDATE: Police has arrested the Uber driver that was involved in the robery. Reported to have existing criminal history.
On Sunday evening, a lady was allegedly robbed at knifepoint by an Uber driver. This occurred while she was taking a ride home from Mid Valley. According to the police report, there were two men in the car and they have forced her to surrender all her valuables before dropping her off by the roadside.
Uber has been operating in Malaysia for 3 years now. To mark the occasion, the ride-sharing service is now rolling out in Alor Setar, Langkawi and Miri.
Since Grab is offering Zero Fares, Uber is now offering a special promo for cities outside the Klang Valley. From now until 5 March, they are giving RM100 worth of free rides around town.
The French businessman was caught cheating by his other half when she began receiving notifications about his Uber trips.
If you think about driving into KL on a busy weekday, you probably expect crazy jams and the hassle of looking for parking. Instead of driving, why not take an Uber instead? For two weeks, Uber is offering flat-rate 99 sen rides for short trips within the Klang Valley.