Taxis Industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

13 Aug 2013 by Syafiq Fazal

Taxis are vital mode of transport in the business and commercial city, Kuala Lumpur. They offer a convenient and alternate form of transport particularly outside peak hours.

Taxis Statistics 2013

– Approx. 24,721 taxicabs licensed in KL, runby 4,183 operators – In Malaysia, there are 79,571 registered cab drivers, with 33,000 in Klang Valley. – Taxis constituted 44 to 6 percent of the total number of vehilces passing through the City

Regulations

– All taxis are required to charge via meter – To report discrepancies with fares and service, call the KL Taxi Drivers Association at Tel 221 4241.

Directory

– To book a taxi, click here. – 24-hour hotline at +603 6259 2020 to call for a maxi taxi or book online @. – Download the Taxi booking App

Other information

– KL City Hall websites provides real-time traffic information for route planning

Special situation and road condition

– Monsoon season (May to September/ November to March): Traffic situation and condition in KL is worsened by flash floods that occur. – Peak Hour Traffic Jam (8am to 9am/ 5pm to 7pm) Note: There are no shortage of taxis outside peak period and during bad weather.

Method of transportation to get from KLIA to KL Sentral

12 August 2013 by Dan Amante

So, Malaysia huh? Finally landed at the home of “Truly Asia”, you can’t wait to explore the bustling capital of Malaysia. But wait, first thing’s first: how do you get to city central from KLIA (KL International Airport), you ask?

Fret not, there are several transportation options from KLIA to KL Sentral. Firstly, there’s your familiar cabby. Cabs are queued just outside the airport entrance/exit. Take note that cabs – as in a lot of other places – are usually the most convenient and fastest of all public transport options (costs about 70 Ringgit). It is shorter than an hour’s travel time to your hotel at KL Sentral. Most taxi drivers in KL refuse to use the meter especially during rush hour. In this case, the driver negotiates with the passenger and the price becomes inflated—sometimes two to ten times the usual meter price. This is illegal in KL, but the best thing you can do is to just look for another driver who will agree with your desired price.

The white and red taxis charge RM3 for the first kilometre and RM1/km for the subsequent kilometres. The bright blue taxis, also called the executive taxis, charge RM6 for the first kilometre, and then RM2/km for the subsequent ones. Other surcharges include RM1 per piece of baggage and RM2 for a radio call.

Taxis in KL implement what they call a “midnight surcharge”, which is applicable from 12:01 to 5:59. The surcharge means that the usual meter pricing is increased by 50 per cent. For instance, if your total meter bill is RM20, then you should pay RM20+10 (midnight), which totals to RM30.

You also have the option of taking the train – in fact, 2 train options. There’s the KLIA Ekspres Rail Link and the KLIA Transit Rail Line. Look around signs and directions inside KLIA on how to get to the train terminal entrance.

But if you don’t have any cab money and you don’t really mind taking your time and basking in the Kuala Lumpur country road scenery – a real backpacker’s treat! – consider taking the bus. At about 10 Ringgit, you’ll get yourself a one way bus ticket to the city central, all the while slowly discovering the beauty that is Kuala Lumpur through the hour long drive. Not such a bad idea, huh. Now, take your pick and enjoy the ride!