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Sunday, 8 June 2014 | MYT 12:45 PM

SPAD to get tough on 33 cabbies over protest in Bukit Bintang

KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will take stern action against 33 taxi drivers for participating in a recent demonstration in Bukit Bintang here. 

SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said the commission was cooperating with the police and Road Transport Department (RTD) to identify other taxi drivers who had participated in the demonstration last Wednesday. 

The protest had caused an obstruction to traffic as well as parking at unauthorised areas thus disrupting public peace. 

"SPAD takes a serious view on the attitude of the cabbies, adding that stern action will be taken such as suspending their driver’s card or revoking the licence of the taxi operators concerned,” he told Bernama here on Sunday. 

He reminded all taxi drivers as well as those driving other modes of public transport not to participate in any illegal demonstrations.

"The demonstration, which was the second staged by the Bukit Bintang taxi group, had caused a three-hour traffic jam in the area. The first demonstration took place two years ago," he said.

It is believed that the taxi drivers staged a demonstration as they were unhappy over enforcement issues.

In 2012, the taxi drivers protested against the introduction of the 'Go KL' free bus services, which they claimed had affected their income especially after a drop in the number of passengers from the tourist groups. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Land Public Transport Commission , SPAD , Bukit Bintang


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