Uber is a service that gives you your own private driver on demand. This implies that no reservation is needed and there is no need to wait in a taxi line. A month ago, Uber faced some concerns here in Malaysia. Taxi operators questioned the validity of Uber services. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) also pointed several legal and technical issues that the company needs to conform to in its operation in Malaysia.
The Land Transport Department (JPJ) will be enforcing certain rules onto Uber vehicles that are found to be private cars. Any individual or company contributing taxi like services with private cars can be fined between RM1,000 (USD$300) to RM10,000 (USD$3000) or can be put behind bars for a year. This enforcement will begin on 1st October although taxis and limousine won’t be affected.
In addition, the world’s authorities must have something of a love and hate relationship with ridesharing companies. It’s an unruly new technology that boost other competitors. Sooner or later someone has to think about the uninformed customers who expect that these private cars have the same guidelines as a licensed taxi.
This is why the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles are convinced to write a letter to Uber. This is to warn them if they don’t change their business practice, they could face some serious ramifications. It is the same way over in Germany where Berlin banned Uber Berlin for using “unverified drivers in unlicensed vehicles”.
Back in San Fancisco, an Uber driver was charged for punching a passenger. Although this driver had passed the company’s own background check, authorities found that this driver was convicted for both violent crimes and drug offences. The authorities futhered their investigation and found that the companies had agreed to screen out offenders with DUI’s.
The man behind the ‘smartphone kill-switch’, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon wants the companies to run a background check on their drivers to get rid of the any possible drivers with convictions being hired. In addition to the drama, Uber San Francisco is also accused for violating state law with their ride-sharing fee and by not securing the right permits.