JPJ urged to review its procedure for PSV licence

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Feb 2017

GEORGE TOWN: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) should audit its current system and procedure for the application and approval of Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Penang director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban said the department should do so quickly to avoid a repeat of fraud involving the falsifying of fitness certificates for drivers renewing such licences.

“This is an important step to shut any opportunity for non-compliance in the PSV licence application and approval, and bribery,” he said yesterday.

On Tuesday, seven doctors in Penang were arrested for falsely certifying the fitness of bus and taxi drivers to help them get PSV licences.

A clinic assistant and two male runners were also picked up in the swoop that was carried out simultaneously by the MACC on several clinics in Gelugor, Batu Ferringhi, Bukit Mertajam and Prai.

The suspects, aged between 32 and 74, were released on a RM7,000 bond each on Thursday pending investigations under Section 18 of the MACC Act, which deals with submission of false claims with intention to deceive.

Abdul Aziz said the MACC also arrested a few doctors in Perak for the same offence in 2013.

He also said the commission was prepared to work with JPJ to look into the system and procedure related to the renewing of the PSV licence.

He said such a collaboration would enable the MACC to identify weaknesses in the system and recommend steps to be taken to overcome them.

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