Taxicabs of Malaysia
Most taxicabs are the Proton Saga BLM 1.6, Proton Iswaras, Proton Wiras, Proton Wajas, Naza Citras, Naza Rias and Toyota Innovas. Before the start of local car production, the Mercedes-Benz 200, Mazda 323/Ford Laser, Toyota Mark II X80 series and the Opel Kadett were used. Most were scrapped and replaced by the Protons, but there are still a large number running the roads. Those old models have a "Kereta Sewa" sign on top and use old taxi registration plates.
There are a number of small taxicab companies and some private individual ones. Cabs are generally in red and white. Larger and reliable taxi companies are required to display they owned colours i.e. Sunlight Radio Cab, Innovasi Timur Orange Taxi Cab and Public Cab.
List of companies
- Warisan Radio Taxi Service Sdn. Bhd.
- Syarikat Kuching Hitam Teksi Sdn. Bhd.
- KL Teksi Radio Berhad
- Easy Taxi Malaysia
- Avenue Drive (M) Sdn. Bhd
- Elegant Taxi Sdn. Bhd
- Innovasi Timur Orange Taxi Cab
- Insan Lemak Sdn. Bhd
- Laluan Emas Sdn. Bhd
- Krishna Taxi Service Sdn. Bhd
- Koperasi Serbaguna Pemandu Teksi Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd.
- LCCT Sdn.Bhd
- Nadiagain Sdn. Bhd
- Public Cab
- RB Premier Taxi Sdn Bhd
- Seremban Cab
- Sunlight Radio Cab
- Swift Limousine & Cab
- Temerang Mentari Sdn. Bhd
- Uptown Ace Cab
The reputation of Malaysia's taxi service has been marred by the poor conduct of local taxi drivers, who have been known, among others, to refuse using taximeters, overcharge and pick-and-choose which destinations they will travel to, regardless of locals and foreigners, while driving poorly maintained vehicles. Larger metered taxi companies i.e. Sunlight Radio Cab, RB Premier Taxi Sdn. Bhd., Laluan Emas Sdn. Bhd,. Insan Lemak Sdn. Bhd. and Innovasi Timur Orange Taxi Cab are more likely to charge passengers using meter; although they are still owned and managed by individual taxi drivers. Newer companies such as Swift Limousine & Cab owns and controls their vehicles with ensures all drivers have rigours background checks. An alternative option is to use secure taxi booking apps like Grab or TaxiMonger. Drivers are certified safe and all will use taxi-meters. The app will also allow you to contact the assigned driver directly and track his were abouts on a real time map . In a June 2008 survey couducted by Malaysian expatriate magazine The Expat on an estimated 200 foreigners from 30 countries, Malaysia's taxis were found to rank the lowest among the 23 countries in terms of quality, courtesy, availability and expertise. The behaviour of the offending taxi drivers has tarnished the image of Malaysia, particularly among foreign tourist, to the point some have begun resorting to paying for upscale taxis that are more expensive but operate with better service.
- "Malaysia's 'worst in the world' taxis tarnish national image". Agence France-Presse. MSN News. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "Malaysia's 'worst in the world' taxis tarnish national image". Zul. SKORCAREER. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2008-10-14.