In a first-of-its-kind case for Singapore, a man has been convicted for using a motorcycle as a private-hire vehicle, as revealed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday, January 5.
During an LTA enforcement operation in May 2023 targeting illegal car and motorcycle pooling services, LTA booked two drivers and a motorcyclist, impounding their vehicles as part of the penalty.
The motorcyclist, 33-year-old Muhammad Hasbullah Rosly, faces charges and was convicted for using a prohibited vehicle as a public service vehicle, as well as for operating the vehicle without the required insurance coverage,” the authority stated in a Facebook post.
According to court documents by Channel NewsAsia (CNA), an LTA enforcement officer conducted a check on Hasbullah on May 3, 2023, around 8:45 am in the vicinity of Block 505D Yishun Street 51.
Investigations revealed that Hasbullah had accepted a fare of S$18 from a passenger to transport him from Yishun Street 51 to ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang.
Hasbullah was aware that ferrying passengers on a motorcycle for a fee was an offence, and he agreed to do so, citing a desire to “earn additional income.”
This marks the first instance of a motorcyclist being charged and convicted for transporting passengers for hire and reward in Singapore.
Hasbullah was fined S$1,800 and handed a 12-month driving ban for operating a prohibited vehicle as a public service vehicle and for utilizing a vehicle without insurance coverage.
Two other people are also under investigation for using their cars for hire despite not having the proper car classifications and necessary insurance.
It is widely believed that all these illegal car-pooling arrangement is prevalent in private Telegram chats.