KUALA LUMPUR: A total of nine taxi touts were detained at the Southern Integrated Terminal (TBS) in Bandar Tasik Selatan following a recent enforcement operation.
The nine men were arrested by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) between April 1 and April 10 at the terminal.
Kuala Lumpur JPJ director Datuk Ismail Mohd Zawawi said the department's team caught the touts soliciting customers inside the terminal instead of at the designated taxi bay.
"They were charging customers at least RM30 in taxi fare.
"We believe they usually operate between 4am and 7am, taking advantage of customers by charging exorbitant amount," he told a press conference after the state-level JPJ Day celebrations on Wednesday (April 17).
Their usual targets were bus passengers who had just arrived at the terminal, he added.
Ismail said the offence fell under Section 205 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, which carries up to RM50,000 fine upon conviction.
"We advise taxi operators not to resort to touting as there are designated bays for them to wait for passengers.
"We will not hesitate to take stern action against them," he said, adding that enforcement operations were ongoing.