Friday, February 3, 2023

SPAD tells Uber & Volkswagen Malaysia to comply to Malaysian Law

Following the “Uber Volkswagen Charity Drive With The Stars’ campaign today, the Malaysia Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has issued a statement reminding the organisers and celebrities involved to comply to Malaysian Law.


In a media statement issued earlier today, SPAD said “The Commission would like to caution the public, celebrity drivers, and all involved, including Uber and Volkswagen Malaysia that any vehicle used as taxis which collect fares from the public, must be in accordance of the law as stipulated in the Land Public Transport Act, 2010. This means that the drivers must have the required Public Service License (PSV) and the vehicles must be registered with SPAD with proper insurance coverage for the protection of fare paying passengers.”

As part of the ‘Uber Volkswagen Charity Drive With The Stars’ campaign, some 40 Volkwagen-Uber cars were driven by participating celebrities around Klang Valley today for a good cause across 31 different charities.

The celebrities volunteered for the ‘Uber Volkswagen Charity Drive With The Stars’ initiative include Sazzy Falak, Ean Nasrun & Jinnyboy, Afdlin Shauki, Joyce Wong, Yasmin Hani, Lisa Surihani, Dynas Mokhtar, Sheena Liam, Reshmonu, Phat Fabes, JJ – Red FM, Moots Shuvit, Sarah Lian and more.

Each Uber-Volkswagen trip with the celebrities cost a minimum RM20, limited to Klang Valley(KLIA excluded), for short distances, not exceeding 30 mins per ride with a maximum seating capacity of 3 person. The total donation collected by each of these celebrity drivers will then be matched by both Uber and Volkswagen and be donated to their selected charity (minimum RM60 will be donated per trip).

Some of the charities listed as part of the campaign include Angels Children’s Home, Anti Bully Campaign by Caprice, Malaysia Nature Society, Rumah Kasih Harmoni, Reach Out Malaysia, Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia, Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue, Malaysian Dogs Deserves Better, Home for Girls, Woman’s Aid Organisation, Shelter Home, Teach for Malaysia and others.

Uber said the celebrities were given the chance to get used to their cars a few days before the actual event and full Uber partner driver training was provided to them by the relevant dedicated teams within both Uber and Volkswagen. Both drivers and their vehicles are also covered by the necessary insurances for the day.

“SPAD welcomes the noble intentions of this charitable drive, however the Commission would like to advise all parties to verify with SPAD to determine the legality of such programmes which involves any use of land public transport,”, the commission added.

Uber is a car-booking app service, available in 45 countries and more than 200 cities worldwide. Uber was officially launched in Malaysia in January 2014.

[Source PDF]– SPAD Media Advisory

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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