Johor Baru-S'pore taxi service to resume

Johor Baru-S'pore taxi service to resume

JOHOR BARU - Taxi services into Singapore, which were halted briefly on Wednesday due to inadequate permits, will be resumed.

Terminal Teksi Johor Baru-Singapore chairman Muhamad Najib Abdul Rahman said Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) had given the green light for taxi drivers to apply for a temporary permit.

"Although we have not received the renewed permits, LTA has agreed to extend our last year's permit until up to July 31.

"Our taxi drivers have been entering the republic to obtain the extension, which costs about S$2 (RM5.60) each," he said.

Muhamad Najib added that about 40 per cent to 50 per cent of the drivers had successfully obtained the extension.

"We will be resuming our service by tonight or tomorrow morning," he said when contacted yesterday.

The remaining drivers are expected to resume their ser­vices in stages, as soon as they get the extension.

When asked about the delay of the new permits, Muhamad Najib said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officials had contacted LTA to check on the delivery.

"SPAD confirmed that the permits were in the postal process," he said, adding that the permits, which were delivered to the Muar post office, had not reached its destination.

Taxi services ferrying passengers into Singapore from Larkin Sentral came to a halt from midnight on Wednesday.

Many drivers had to turn passengers away as they could not renew their road tax, which expired on Monday, due to the delay in getting their permits.

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