The e-hailing fares surge saga has yet to end, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) has revealed that they will suspend or revoke licences of e-hailing companies found to exceed the 200 percent surcharge limit.
According to a report by The Star, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong revealed that the MoT is investigating the matter to see if it is true that some e-hailing companies have violated the allowed surcharge amount.
In case you didn’t know, there is a 200 percent surcharge limit set by the government that e-hailing companies have to follow. The Transport Minister was quick to point out that the limit was set by the previous Transport Ministry in 2019, before his tenure.
If an e-hailing operator (EHO as MoT knows it) is found to have violated the limit, MoT will not hesitate to suspect or revoke the EHO’s licence.
As for whether the limit needs to be reviewed, Dr Wee points out that this will require another process.
Dr Wee also points out that there are currently 25 EHOs registered in Malaysia and encourages users to choose a different company if one is charging expensive fares.
In the same vein, the minister also criticised the claim that EHOs are charging high prices due to the lack of available e-hailing cars on the roads because of the recent Employee Provident Fund (EPF) special withdrawal scheme.
Dr Wee told the newspaper that he has instructed the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) to start an investigation on the matter.