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Weekly Round-Up: Ride Hailing Services Are Now Legal In Malaysia But Drivers Have To Comply With Rules ( 2017-08-04 )

Ride-hailing services is now legal in Malaysia

According to The Star Online, the government Malaysia has legalized the e-hailing services such as Uber and Grab and amended the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 were passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.

The amendments also make it an offence for any person to assault, hinder or obstruct those involved in e-hailing services. Those convicted may be liable to a fine of RM1,000, imprisonment not exceeding three months, or both upon conviction. (SOURCE: THE STAR

Shell Malaysia launches Costa Coffee in selected stores.

UK Costa coffee is available through a self-serve vending machine available at Shell Select outlets. According to Malay Mail Online, there are 71 locations where Costa Coffee is available right now, but the total number will expand to 200 in the next 12 months.

Shairan Huzani Husain, Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd said, “Shell places customers at the heart of everything we do, and our retail mission is to make their life’s journeys better by giving them one less worry on the road. We’re continuously upgrading our stores to include a food oasis so our customers can have a better retail experience on-the-go. (SOURCE: THE MALAY MAIL ONLINE)

SPAD lays out rules for ride hailing services

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said drivers would need to either have new vehicles or vehicles which were less than five years old from the date of registration with the Road Transport Department (JPJ). Mohd Azharuddin also said drivers for these services would be required to send their vehicles for annual Puspakom inspection after three years from the date of registration with JPJ.

The new amendment will ensure e-hailing operators and drivers abide by government regulations. Drivers need to comply with customer service training, health screening, checks to ensure they do not have outstanding summonses or criminal record. (SOURCE: THE STAR

Volkswagen T-Roc the VW next anticipating SUV


The Volkswagen T-Roc is expected to make an appearance at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The T-Roc is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the two-door concept that debuted two years ago featured a new design line, LED headlights, and interior style, and came loaded with provisions such as front and rear cameras. The T-Roc is going to equip 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines with power ranging from 115bhp to 148bhp. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG gearboxes will be offered across most engine options.

Indian ban driverless cars to keep job opportunities

Car makers all around the world are developing their self-driving cars in order to catch up the automotive trend. However, India's minister for Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari said, "We won't allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this."

The minister's rejection of self-driving vehicles is not a mere reflection of safety concern but rather about the jobs they would take away from drivers in the country. "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can't have a technology that ends up taking people's jobs," said Gadkari.

Self-driving technology is still a few years away from mainstream commercial use, so Gadkari's comments won't have any immediate effect. And it's not clear if other policymakers share Gadkari's view. (SOURCE: ARSTECHICA)

Toyota and Mazda plan to build $1.6 billion US plant in joint venture

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are forming a partnership to build a new final assembly plant in the United States, According to sources, a location for the $1.6 billion facility has not yet been picked, but it's expected to have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually while employing 4,000 workers.

As electrification and development competition transform the auto industry, Toyota is casting lines in all directions to stay afloat. Toyota and Mazda look to develop core electric vehicle technologies together by bringing their respective strengths to the table. Toyota has said it aims to have such cars on the market by 2020. Mazda's plan is to go for a launch in 2019. Each intends to design and produce the actual vehicles independently.

The automotive industry has seen an increase in partnerships that are geared not only at building scale but also at furthering joint progress on next-generation technologies, as more automakers have faced the need to ease development costs and management risk. (SOURCE: NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW)

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