Good image of taxis important

Happy cabbies: Federation of Johor Baru Taxi Association drivers pledged better services following approval for new taxi fares.

JOHOR BARU: Cabbies in Johor Baru have been urged to offer better services following the latest Cabinet approval for new taxi fares.

Federation of Johor Baru Taxi Association (GA-Pet) president Raja Mohd Nor Raja Mohamad said that they should uphold the image of Johor Baru as one of the main entry points into the country.

He said that taxi drivers here did not only serve locals but also thousands of Singaporeans who visited Johor Baru to shop, dine and visit their friends and relatives.

“Cabbies have no more reason for not using their meters and we also hope no more complaints from passengers,” said Raja Mohd Nor.

He said this when met after the GA-Pet bi-annual general meeting opened by the Johor Baru City Council chief whip Datuk Yahya Jaafar here.

Raja Mohd Nor said refusal to use meters and haggle with passengers for fares by certain unscrupulous drivers would further tarnish the image of Johor Baru taxi drivers.

“Stop being egoistic, passengers including those coming from Singapore have a choice of using public buses in the city,” he said.

Raja Mohd Nor said the association which represents 4,000 taxi drivers in Johor Baru, Gelang Patah, Pasir Gudang, Tiram, Kulai and Senai pledged better services after the fare increase.

He also urged taxi drivers here who smoked to refrain from smoking in their vehicles as the association had received complaints from passengers of taxis smelled of cigarettes.

Meanwhile, a Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) spokesman said that despite the increase in taxi fares, there would be cabbies who still refused to use their meters.

“SPAD will not tolerate with them anymore, we already listened to their request to increase the taxi fares and the time has come for them to change their attitude,” he said.

He said under Section 22 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, taxi drivers who failed to use their meters could be fined from RM500 to RM500,000 upon conviction.

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