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High Fares Are Caused by Driver Scarcity and High Demand, Says Transport Minister

today24 May 2022

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Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

After urging e-hailing firms to provide an explanation over sudden fare hike, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong says in a statement today that the problem is happening due to a shortage of drivers.

The minister met with the Transport Ministry, the Land Public Transportation Agency (APAD), and the e-hailing provider engaged in the scandal to address the situation.

β€œFrom the discussion, it is clear that there are two main factors that have led to this surge in e-hailing fares; a supply-and-demand imbalance and high traffic volume leading to longer travel times,” said Dr Wee.

Dr. Wee went on to say that there are currently 130,000 drivers with a vocational licence.

This figure seems to be growing as driving schools notice an increase in applicants interested in becoming e-hailing drivers.

The e-hailing company described the problem concisely and sought additional drivers to combat the existing…

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Written by: Aqasha Aiman