- TAXI drivers in Malaysia should be allowed to choose their vehicles instead of being limited only to the use of Proton vehicles
So for the city cabs running around, which of late, has been with the Proton Saga, which is relatively small, while the earlier Saga has simply aged.
However, taxi drivers need to be given a choice as to which vehicle they would want to have instead of being limited to just the Protons. There are a lot of vehicles out there that could be perfect for their business.
Earlier, Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tn Sri Syed Hamid Albar was quoted as saying in an online portal that Teksi 1Malaysia drivers (TEKS1M) are now able to choose between the Proton Exora or a Toyota Innova.
“The Proton Exora is a good vehicle but we felt that there is a need to provide options for TEKS1M drivers,” he was quoted as saying.
I am sure TEKS1M drivers will welcome such interesting news as they could now choose between two vehicles, based on size. The Exora may be large enough for 7 people but the Innova has its benefits as it is larger and has a bigger engine, and that it is a Toyota, which only means it is more reliable.
This move should be extended to all taxi drivers in the country. It would greatly benefit in improving the quality of our taxis, which have previously came under criticism for not being ideal for its usage.
One just needs to look at those intercity taxis, which are made up of Mercedes Benz cars, some dating back more than 30 years, to see just how long they have lasted on the road.
In such times, the sentiments that we should only support our local cars needs to take a backseat, for taxi drivers to have a more sustainable business. Running costs especially cost of maintenance is of utmost importance.
In this regards, our taxis generally lack the cleanliness and quality, even compared to the cars in Singapore and Thailand.
As one of the major markets in the ASEAN region, we should be taking the lead instead of being sentimental about out choices.