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LTA checks taxi permit scam

By Arishma Devi The Land Transport Authority is investigating reports that taxi permits have been sold illegally and transferred to another party. The LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva stressed
22 Oct 2012 10:32

By Arishma Devi

The Land Transport Authority is investigating reports that taxi permits have been sold illegally and transferred to another party.
The LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva stressed that all permits were the property of the Government and permit holders were obliged to abide by the law.
“We believe that there are cases where permits are sold with a lot of money involved ranging from $10000 to $15000 just to secure a permit which is absolutely illegal,” Mr Tuinaceva said.
“We are aware that in some cases this is used to supplement other needs so they give too many excuses for the transfer of the permits.”
Mr Tuinaceva said that when permits are transferred huge amounts of money are used to sell the permit and later on received unofficial confirmations causing anxiety and frustration.
In the past LTA has recorded more then 10 cases that had involved large sums of money for the sale of the taxi permits.
LTA will now take permit holders who make a transfer in the next 3 years, to task.
“We will conduct investigations on permits transfer of less then 3 years with a holder. If we find anything that has some unwarranted practice, we will take them to task immediately.”
He said that their permits would be suspended immediately as LTA will make recommendations for effective penalties to be imposed and introduce procedures that will be more stringent.




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