Don’t cheat, taxi drivers warned


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Feb 2003

BY K. SAITHURUKA

KUALA LUMPUR: The Entrepreneur Development Ministry will not tolerate taxi drivers who cheat and appeals over revoked permits will not be entertained. 

“I will not entertain appeals for the permits to be reissued. If they have made the mistake, they have got a lot to lose. I don’t want it (the action) to become meaningless,” said minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. 

He said the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) kept tabs on the situation based on complaints received on its toll-free line. 

“The complaints will be investigated and if it is true, the permit will be suspended or revoked,” he said after launching the corporate colour for taxis belonging to Zalnas Limousine Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Naza Group of Companies yesterday. 

Nazri said the ministry had detected several cases of cheating by taxi drivers during Ops Menyamar last week in conjunction with the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. 

“All cases detected were of drivers who owned individual permits. They take the opportunity to cheat when there are big events, especially in the Klang Valley,” he said.  

Ops Menyamar, jointly conducted by the Road Transport Department, police and the board, is expected to continue a week after the summit to nab taxi drivers who charge flat rates, overcharge, do not use meters and treat tourists rudely. 

Nazri, however, said the drivers would first be issued with show-cause letters before their permits were revoked. He said the ministry would not stop the policy of issuing permits to individuals as it would be unfair to the law-abiding and honest taxi drivers. 

“We cannot penalise others just because most of the complaints we received were against individual permit holders. It is their career path and something for them to look forward to after driving for a company for a long time.” Nazri said the ministry was constantly updating personal data of drivers, adding that the colour coding of taxis would enable easier identification of errant drivers.  

Nazri said the ministry planned to have a permit composition of 60% for companies and 40% for individuals. The composition now is 70% and 30% for companies and individuals respectively.  


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