JOHOR BARU - Some illegal taxi drivers are using luxury cars to ferry their passengers and charging them exorbitant fees, said Land Public Transport Commission head of enforcement Mej Jen (rtd) Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad.
He said among the more notable case was one illegal taxi driver who charged his passenger US$200 (S$280) for a trip from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to downtown Kuala Lumpur.
"The illegal taxi drivers always target foreign tourists at popular destinations in the country including in smaller districts as it is easier for them to operate," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
The agency, he said, had been carrying out nationwide operations to nab them since October last year.
He said that as of last month, SPAD had detained 427 vehicles operating without permits of which 97 were from Johor.
He said 96 car owners had their vehicles seized, 13 were fined and 49 others were still under investigation.
The press conference was held after the agency detained four cars during an operation held at Stulang Laut on Thursday night.
Che Hasni said SPAD's investigation showed that many illegal taxi drivers used smartphone applications to get their passengers.
"We do not care if they use the latest applications, but what we do care is that they must get proper permits and send their vehicles to Puspakom for checks," he added.