Malaysia cracks down on errant taxi drivers

Malaysia cracks down on errant taxi drivers
Taxi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has seized 82 taxis up to Feb 12 this year, and it will not hesitate to increase this tally if drivers continue to misbehave, especially by refusing to use the meter.

SPAD's enforcement division head Datuk Che Hasni Che Ahmad warned that enforcement would continue, even during the Chinese New Year period.

Che Hasni said its festive period operation, which runs for a month beginning Feb 11, would have strong measures to improve its service for the public.

"The most effective way is to seize the taxi, and we will not compromise with taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter," he told reporters after a special Ops at the Kelana Jaya LRT station here yesterday.

As of yesterday, SPAD recorded 481 cases under Ops Khas Tegas that began in January, including the seizure of the 82 taxis.

"All the cases have been investigated under Section 22 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, and upon conviction, the offender could face a fine of not less than RM1,000 and not more than RM50,000, or imprisonment of no more than two years, or both," he said.

SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said the commission received more than 24,000 reports last year on public transport, with about 10,000 of them about errant taxi drivers.

"As the biggest component involves those who refuse to use their meter, we call upon drivers to co-operate to protect the integrity of their profession by complying with our laws and regulations," he said.

Based on public tip-off, Mohd Nur added SPAD had identified several hotspots for non-compliant taxis, which it would target by working undercover.

"Among them are the Kelana Jaya LRT station, KLCC, Bukit Bintang, Pavilion KL, Sunway and 1Utama areas. We will focus our enforcement work there."

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