Hundreds of taxi drivers queue for the 1Malaysia Taxi Assistance Card at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Serdang April 13, 2018. — Picture by Azneal IshakKUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) today told taxi drivers not to worry as 67,000 1Malaysia Taxi Assistance Card are readily available.
This comes after the overwhelming response on the part of taxi drivers after the launch of the assistance card on Friday.
In a statement, SPAD said the card can be collected within three months (from April 16 to July 16) from selected offices and branches from 10am to 5pm.
The date and location for collection in Sabah and Sarawak will be announced in the near future by the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board.
The card can be collected at the following SPAD offices — SPAD Kelana Jaya, SPAD Pulau Pinang, SPAD Kuala Terengganu, and SPAD Johor Bahru; and the following SPAD branches — SPAD UTC Kuantan, SPAD Melaka, SPAD UTC Ipoh, SPAD UTC Alor Setar, SPAD UTC Kota Bahru, and SPAD Langkawi.
“The card will be activated once it has been collected by the taxi driver and they are allocated to spend up to RM800 for petrol and NGV at all Petronas stations nationwide,” the statement read.
SPAD also denied claims that many were infuriated that the card would only be distributed after the general elections, as thousands of taxi drivers have collected their card after it was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“If the allegations continue, SPAD will not hesitate to lodge a police report over those spreading the news to be investigated by the authorities,” it added.
Following the launch of the card at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) on Friday, 30 taxi drivers were reportedly injured while queueing to receive the 1Malaysia Taxi Assistance Card.
The commission said more information can be found on www.spad.gov.my/ms/pengusaha-kenderaan/teksi/kad-bantuan-teksi-1malaysia.