KUCHING: Uber drivers in Sabah and Sarawak will face arrest as their activities falls under the ‘pirate taxis’ category in both states.
According to The Borneo Post Online, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri said that the ride sharing app company did not apply for a permit from the Sabah and Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP).
She explained that under Section 33 of the LPKP Act, the vehicles used for public service must be licensed.
“Therefore, JPJ (Road Transport Department) and the police have the authority by law to seize vehicles without licence under Section 51 of the LPKP Act.
“All parties are urged to cooperate and be responsible to ensure the safety and welfare of passengers are given priority,”
This statement come following a news reports of two Sabah Uber drivers being arrested outside a Kota Kinabalu shopping mall on Monday during police operations against illegal public transporters in the city.
Nancy added that Sabah and Sarawak LPKP, together with Road Transport Department (RTD) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), will continue to monitor the operation and services of illegal transport vehicles including the Uber.
“This is to ensure the safety and interest of passengers are given priority as provided by licensed taxi operators,”
William Mangor | 30 September 2016
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