JOHOR BARU: Taxi drivers have no reason not to use their meters now following the Cabinet approval for new fares.
Federation of Johor Baru Taxi Association (GA-Pet) president Raja Mohd Nor Raja Mohamad said not using the meter tarnished the image of taxi drivers.
“We admit there are unscrupulous cabbies out there and they are giving us (good taxi drivers) a bad name,” he said.
He warned such cabbies that people, including tourists from Singapore, now have a choice of taking public buses instead of taxis.
“And once the LRT (Light Rail Transit) system is operational within Iskandar Malaysia in a few years, they might also use that,” he said.
So taxi drivers must woo passengers from now with good and proper service, he added.
He also urged taxi drivers who smoked to refrain from taking puffs inside the vehicle because the interior would stink of stale smoke.
The association had received complaints from passengers on this, he said.
Raja Mohd Nor was attending the GA-Pet biannual general meeting yesterday, which was opened by Johor Baru City Council chief whip Datuk Yahya Jaafar.
The association, which represents 4,000 taxi drivers in Johor Baru, Gelang Patah, Pasir Gudang, Tiram, Kulai and Senai, pledged better service from its members, he said.
He said the drivers were in the midst of recalibrating their meters for the new fares.
“Two Puspakom centres here have extended their daily operating hours until 10pm,” he said.
A Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) spokesman said taxi drivers who refused to use the meter would not be tolerated.
He said under Section 22 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, drivers who failed to use the meter could face a fine of RM500 to RM500,000 if found guilty of the offence.
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