Taxi fares in Malaysia to go up next year

Taxi fares in Malaysia to go up next year

KUALA LUMPUR - Taxi fares will increase in the first quarter of next year if a proposed fare review is approved.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said it was engaging industry players and groups for feedback before finalising the review.

"Feedback will be gathered via focus groups, briefing sessions, public gallery displays, state officers, social media and our website.

"We will consolidate and publish all feedback on our website and review the responses for the final taxi fare review proposal," he said while launching the Taxi Fare Review Interaction programme here yesterday.

The seven stakeholders engaged are driver associations, individual taxi drivers, taxi operators, consumer groups, youth and student associations, the disabled groups and tourism industry.

SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said taxi operators and drivers were incurring higher costs since the last taxi fare review in 2009.

"Since 2009, fuel expenses have gone up by 17 per cent, maintenance by 20 per cent to 25 per cent, tyres by 25 per cent to 30 per cent, and battery by 30 per cent to 35 per cent. Also, cost of living has gone up by around 2.5 per cent each year until now," he added.

At a press conference after the launch, Syed Hamid said the commission hoped to refine the proposed fare review by the end of the year.

"The bottom line is that the public can expect better service if there is an increase in fare, as the rate must reflect the service," he said.

Syed Hamid also mentioned the commission's migration policy, which involves replacing budget taxis with new Exora taxis to complement the Teksi1M series.

"This will be done by permit expiration, where we hope to get taxi operators and drivers to switch to the new Exora taxis once their vehicle permits expire," he added.

With a total of 39,737 vehicles nationwide, budget taxis are the single largest type of taxi service in Malaysia.

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