THOSE seeking to generate their own income can now apply to be an Uber driver by renting Proton cars from just RM45 a day.
Called Quick Ride, the service follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ride-hailing service provider, national automaker Proton and Quick Ride Sdn Bhd, a newly launched company conceptualised by Cartrade Group and Koperasi Amanah Pelaburan Berhad (KAPB).
KAPB executive chairman Mohamed Ilyas Mohamed said for a start, 1,000 cars would be up for rent, with a target for them to be fully taken up by applicants by January next year.
The number is likely to increase to up to 10,000 units over the next two years.
Speaking to reporters after the signing of the MoU in Kuala Lumpur today, Ilyas, who is also Quick Ride chairman, said applicants could choose between renting a Proton Saga for RM45 a day or a Proton Persona for RM55 a day, and that deals, such as free vehicle maintenance, road tax and insurance, were included.
“Those who are keen can register via the Quick Ride website or come to our office at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat, and we and Uber will process the application.
“If all the requirements are met, applicants will be called in to sign the contract and pay a RM1,000 deposit for a three-year lease, which can be terminated in advance with a penalty imposed.”
The MoU was inked by Quick Ride chief executive officer Mohamed Fahmi Mohamed Ilyas, Uber Malaysia general manager for expansion Karina Ali Noor and Proton Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Ahmad Fuaad Kenali.
Fahmi said Quick Ride had, to date, received 380 applications since the registration window opened unofficially on August 27, and some 40 had been approved. – Bernama, September 5, 2017.