LTA takes actions: 4 Drivers caught and their Alphard towed

In a recent crackdown conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), four drivers were apprehended for engaging in illicit cross-border chauffeured services between Singapore and Malaysia.

LTA caught these drivers operating without the necessary licenses.

In a Facebook post on Feb 21, LTA said it caught the drivers during a recent enforcement operation. The operation’s date was not disclosed.

Image – LTA Facebook
Image – LTA Facebook
Image – LTA Facebook
Image – LTA Facebook

It is illegal to offer cross-border passenger transport services for hire without a valid public service vehicle licence (PSVL).

Engaging in such illegal services could mean insufficient insurance coverage for passengers in case of accidents.

Offenders can face a fine of up to S$3,000, a potential jail term of up to six months, or both. LTA may impound the involved vehicle.

People typically arrange cross-border ride-hailing services through social media platforms like Facebook and Telegram.

These vehicles might lack adequate insurance coverage for third-party liabilities, posing a significant concern for passengers in the event of an accident.

The Straits Times discovered over 10 websites and listings on online marketplaces such as Carousell. The listings offer cross-border chauffeur services specifically aimed at Singaporean travellers.

One particular website, with a company office address in Johor Baru, provides tours and airport transfers featuring MPVs.

For example, the cost for a one-way trip to Senai Airport in JB using a seven-seater Toyota Alphard MPV is $130.

Be Warned

In a separate Facebook post, Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat stated that he has directed the LTA to adopt a strong stance against these illegal practices and to carry out undercover operations to apprehend offending drivers.

He further warned that the drivers who are thinking of offering such illegal services, let me say this: think carefully before breaking the rules, as you never know if your next “customer” is actually an undercover LTA officer.

This enforcement action comes shortly after LTA caught the first private hire bike service operating illegally in Singapore.

He also encourages members of the public to do their part to improve motoring safety. The public can report illegal services to LTA via email or through the One Motoring platform.

Operating without the proper licences and insurance is a big risk that is not worth it. If driving is not an option for you, try other side hustles that people are doing these days. There are always other ways to make money.

 

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Kim Jio
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