E-hailing app a boon for public transport, says Ab Aziz

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Nov 2016

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KUALA LUMPUR: The e-hailing application can help attract more people to use public transport, says Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi.

He said the application could overcome the problem of the first and last mile connectivity for passengers of other modes of public transport.

“This is proven in a research study by PricewaterhouseCoopers that 59% of the application users had never hailed a taxi before this.

“The research also showed 52% of taxi passengers use the e-hailing application to get a taxi,” he said when opening a national symposium on logistics and transport themed “Taxi and Uberisation Way Forward” here yesterday.

The average number of trips recorded using Grab and Uber e-hailing services was between 300,000 and 350,000 monthly.

Ab Aziz said the technology was a positive push for a change in the country’s taxi service under the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme (TITP) announced in August.

“Currently, only 14% of taxi dri­vers are using the e-hailing application to obtain passengers,” he said.

Earlier, he witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia. — Bernama

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