KOTA KINABALU: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will take stern action against e-hailing drivers if they fail to abide by a new ruling that bans them from waiting for ride bookings at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here.
The ruling, which came into effect on Friday (July 12), requires e-hailing drivers to wait at a reserved staging area in Terminal 2 if they want to receive bookings from passengers coming from KKIA, located some 6km away.
Sabah JPJ director Sadim Abdul said those who failed to comply with this new rule could be served with a summons ranging from RM150 to RM300.
He added that only three e-hailing operators were currently recognised by the Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP), namely Grab, MyCar and Borride.
"Drivers operating with these three e-hailing services must obtain a public service vehicle (PSV) licence and display the e-hailing stickers on their cars.
"They are not allowed to pick up passengers from KKIA if they fail to display these stickers, and will be issued summons (within the issuing authority's discretion)," Sadim told reporters during a press conference at KKIA.
He gave his assurance that a sufficient number of JPJ officers would be stationed at the airport to enforce the law, in addition to those provided by KKIA.
KKIA Airport manager Sunif Naiman said e-hailing drivers could only pick up their passengers from Gate 5 of the domestic arrival hall, and had been advised to drop off riders at the tail end of the departure hall.
According to Sunif, this decision was made to help reduce traffic congestion at the airport caused by drivers, including e-hailing drivers, who drop passengers at the departure gates at the same time.
Also present at the press conference were LPKP assistant director Noraziah Aslan, KKIA Limousine and Taxi Association president Shamsuddin Mohd Shah.