Four drivers fined for providing illegal chauffeured services with unlicensed vehicles

·Editorial Team
LTA officers conducting enforcement operations along East Coast Park Service Road. (PHOTO: Land Transport Authority)
LTA officers conducting enforcement operations along East Coast Park Service Road. (PHOTO: Land Transport Authority)

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has fined four drivers for providing illegal chauffeured services using unlicensed vehicles.

According to a media release by the authority on Wednesday (13 February), each of the drivers has been convicted of using a vehicle as an unlicensed public service vehicle, and driving a vehicle without valid insurance.

Of the four vehicles used, all of which were foreign-registered, three were confiscated.

Investigations revealed that the four drivers had conveyed passengers from Singapore to Johor Bahru for an agreed fare without a Public Service Vehicle Licence. There was also no valid insurance coverage for such chauffeured services.

All four accused drivers pleaded guilty to the offences and were convicted.

Each driver was sentenced to a total fine of $1,400 for the two offences, and also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for a year.

13 caught using unlicensed vehicles in 2018

In 2018, LTA caught 13 drivers using unlicensed foreign-registered vehicles to provide chauffeured services. One of these cases has concluded, while investigations into the 12 other cases are still ongoing.

Enforcement operations were conducted at visitor hot spots such as Changi Airport, HarbourFront Centre and East Coast Seafood Centre. LTA enforcement officers also regularly conduct deterrence operations at these locations.

LTA strongly urges the public against engaging chauffeured services provided by drivers using unlicensed vehicles.

As these vehicles might not be sufficiently insured against third-party liabilities, passengers may not be entitled to insurance recourse if they are involved in a traffic accident while travelling in such vehicles.

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