Pat on the back for taxi drivers

Services recognised: Taxi drivers showing the cash reward presented to them at the Caring Society Complex.

TAXI drivers in Penang hope that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will offer them more choices of cars which can be used as seven-seater taxis.

Federation of Penang Taxi Association president Abd Malek Darus said that now, they had only two options — Proton Exora Bold or Toyota Innova.

“I hope SPAD can give us three to four choices at least,” he said.

He also claimed that they had to wait up to six months for the Proton Exora, which costs about RM60,000, due to limited stock while the price of the Toyota Innova at RM86,000 was too high for some.

He said this after receiving incentives from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Caring Society Complex in Jalan Utama, Penang. on Saturday.

At another function held at the Seberang Prai Municipal Council building in Bandar Perda on Sunday, Lim said the state had given out RM788,100 to 2,627 taxi drivers — 1,967 from Penang island and 660 from the mainland.

Each taxi driver received RM300.

Lim said this was the sixth time such an incentive was given out to taxi drivers.

“As frontliners, they play an important role in our tourism industry.

“The incentives show that we value their contributions,” he said before handing out the incentives to Abd Malek.

In his speech, Abd Malek said the money would come in handy for the taxi drivers, especially with Ramadan just around the corner.

“We are grateful to the state government for the kind gesture,” he said.

“On our part, the comfort of passengers and the cleanliness of our cars are our priority.”

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