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LTA Curbs Illegal Private Vehicle Operators

LTA Curbs Illegal Private Vehicle Operators
August 20
15:20 2018

The Land Transport Authority (‘LTA’) is urging all illegal private motor vehicle owners to stop operating illegally.

Additionally, members of the public are urged to refrain from using these illegal services but act as “watchdogs” and report illegal private motor vehicle operators to the LTA.

The illegal use of private motor vehicles to provide paid journey services to the public, is jeopardising road safety which can result in the loss of lives.

Additionally, these are vehicles that are not accordingly licensed or permitted by the LTA and so carrying passengers in a private vehicle for a price is illegal and it goes against the license condition of the illegal vehicle operator.

In order to curb the illegal taxi operators on the roads, the LTA began a nationwide operation and in a week’s operation, a total of 102 illegal operators have been booked, issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) or provided with warning letters for contravening their license condition.

Additionally, 19 vehicles have been impounded as a result of habitually offending.

The Land Transport Authority, Board Chairperson, Vijay Maharaj, said that the public must know the bare consequences of travelling in a vehicle that is operating illegally.

“Illegal private motor vehicle operators are highly likely to discard passenger safety,” Mr Maharaj said.

“LTA continues to embark on the journey of creating safer roads and for this, it needs to curb illegal operations and unfriendly road safety behaviours,” Mr Maharaj added.

Moreover, he said that people needed to be mindful of their safety and make right choices.

Mr Maharaj has also urged the taxis to beef up their service and ensure that they met the demand for the service which will further assist in curbing the illegal operators.

Apart from this, Mr Maharaj has urged all drivers to be cautious on the roads.

“Be mindful of the safety of the passengers who have bestowed their trusts on you (drivers) in due course of their destined journey,” Mr Maharaj said.

One little mischief on the road can cost innocent lives.

So far this year, LTA has issued a total of 581 TINs nationwide to private motor vehicles for contravening their license condition to conduct illegal operations on the roads.  

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