Tuesday, 18 July 2017

(The Edge Financial Daily) Tourism ministry mulls tourist guide course for taxi drivers

KUALA LUMPUR: The tourism and culture ministry plans to create a course to train local taxi drivers interested to learn skills as tourist guides for free, said its Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said the proposal was aimed at providing an opportunity to taxi drivers to diversify their roles besides promoting popular local tourist attractions.

“Some tourists prefer to take a taxi if they want to go to any destination. If they (taxi drivers) can rent their services to these tourists and have the skills to become tour guides, this gives an added value to the taxi driver himself.

“However, it is on a voluntary basis only and I believe it can benefit the traditional taxi too. It will be recommended to the cabinet if the majority of tax drivers agreed,” he said at a media conference after launching the EzCab e-hailing application, the first in Malaysia to provide an SOS button for the safety of taxi passengers here yesterday.

On the application, EzCab chief executive officer Raymond Yap Biow Seng said it is equipped with three emergency call buttons comprising an 999 emergency line, an EzCab SOS 24-hour service centre, and a direct call to the contact number entered during the signing up to EzCab via Google Play Store. “This button is also equipped with GPS in which, if any emergency occurs to the passengers or taxi drivers, we (EzCab) can identify their location and immediately send assistance,” he said.

The EzCab service, currently available in the Klang Valley, Seremban, Johor Baru and Sabah, is expected to be extended to Penang and Melaka soon. — Bernama