|Days of RM 2 surcharge are numbered|
We refer to the article written by Paul Tan [HERE] which states that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is set to propose an amendment to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 to regulate ticketing counters for taxi services. The move follows complaints by the public on counters who charge a RM2 service fee but fail to provide any noticeable service.
We at #KLChronicle totally agree with the move by SPAD to review and propose amendment to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 as we feel that these "counters" who charge RM 2 per taxi ride does not create any value to the public. In fact, they (the counters) act like toll gates and are given preferential treatment at various pick-up points such as KL Sentral and KLCC where in fact this shall not be the case. There shall not be a monopoly on taxi servicing the public at public areas as this is against the Malaysia Competition Act 2010. Readers can refer to the Malaysian Competition Commission for further information [HERE]
In fact, SPAD CEO, Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal put it aptly that;
“Over the years, many have complained that they cannot see why there is a need for a surcharge in addition to a meter charge, when there is no visible service before boarding the cab,”
. “With the amendment to the Act, if there are some counters which do not [serve] well, we can kick them out . We need to regulate and set the standard and level of service,” he added.
We at #KLChronicle thinks its time that SPAD really clamp down on this RM 2 service fee. The public would definitely appreciate SPAD's decision to clamp down on this menace at it will allow the public to have an "extra" of RM 2 in their pockets. Frequent travelers who commute daily to and fro from KL Sentral or KLCC would definitely appreciate having the extra cash with them. We hope that the amendment to the act can be done in October when parliament convenes or maybe early next year for the benefit of the public. Let's keep our fingers crossed.