I WISH to congratulate the Selangor Road Transport Department (JPJ) for its successful operations against touting activities in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur International Airport this year.
Apart from arresting 31 taxi touts, the department also seized the touts’ vehicles comprising eight taxis, three Uber/Grab cars, two company vehicles, two tour buses and 16 private vehicles. Syabas!
Under Section 205 of the Land Transport Act, these touts could each be fined up to RM50,000 or an imprisonment of not more than five years, or both.
Selangor JPJ director Nazli Md Taib disclosed that total fines collected for touting was only RM80,800 for the whole of last year.
As long as the fines are affordable, enforcement alone would not put an end to this menace.
On Dec 22 last year, the Sabah Sessions Court imposed the maximum RM50,000 fine on a driver who used a private van to ferry tourists. Almost overnight, illegal services using private vans, which had been rampant in Sabah, grounded to a halt.
In the past, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had actively conducted operations against the illegal usage of commercial vehicles, particularly taxis.
For example, from June 2014 to September 2015, more than 20 joint enforcement exercises were conducted in the Klang Valley. These were held with members of the press in attendance to report on the success of the operations.
JPJ should enlist greater media participation. Apart from publishing statistics, photographs of seized vehicles being towed away or kept in an impound yard would be more effective in driving fear into existing touts and those toying with such an idea.
Y. S. CHAN
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