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Stiff competition from radio taxi service
R.S.N. MURALI, MetroKL (12 Aug 2004)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: TAXI drivers in Seremban want the Negri Sembilan Government to find a solution to the problem of stiff competition from radio taxi service, which was introduced in the district a couple of years ago.

Seremban Town Taxi Drivers Welfare Association president Mahadi Rakib said the livelihood of some 600 cabbies had been affected.

"Our incomes have dwindled and if it continues without intervention from the state government, we fear that we will not be able to support our families," he said following the association’s AGM at Tuanku Ja’afar Golf and Country Resort in Seremban, recently.

State Public Works and Transport committee chairman Datuk Ismail Lasim launched the meeting.

Mahadi said the radio taxi drivers had an advantage over the "conventional" taxis as they could respond to calls from passengers immediately.

"They also pick up passengers at bus-stops. It’s like putting sand in our rice bowls," he added.

Mahadi said the radio taxis also ferried passengers to outstation destinations, which was a violation of the regulations set by the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB).

He said the association had twice forwarded its grouses to CVLB, the Prime Minister’s Department and Transport Ministry but had not received any response from the authorities.

He added that the first letter was sent two years ago and the second sent about four months back.

Mahadi said even taxi drivers in Nilai had been affected by the service provided by the radio cabs.

He said it was also unfair to taxi drivers as the radio cabs from outside were allowed to operate in the district.

Mahadi said the dissatisfaction over the situation had resulted in brawls between many of his members and radio taxi drivers over the "pinching" of passengers.

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