App to verify cab drivers in Malaysia will be out soon

App to verify cab drivers in Malaysia will be out soon

KUALA LUMPUR - A smartphone app to verify taxi drivers will soon be available for passengers, making it easier for people to report errant cabbies.

Named MeterOn, it is being finalised by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which hopes that the app will help to keep the taxi industry in line.

"To facilitate people reporting and enjoying better services in a taxi, we are rolling out a new app which is available in Android and iOS," said SPAD chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamad Kamal during a briefing yesterday.

He said MeterOn would allow a prospective passenger to key in a taxi's number plate into the system and find out if it was legal or not.

If the taxi was not registered or the approved driver not present, users could instantly file a report to SPAD via the app.

Users would also be able to track their trips, rate the drivers and find out how much their fares should cost.

"(If) anything untoward were to happen, you can press an emergency button, and we will know about it immediately," Mohd Nur said.

A quick check on the Google Play Store showed that MeterOn could be downloaded, though the app's description says it is still an initial test build.

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