KUCHING: Three law enforcement agencies in Sarawak are due to take action against Uber drivers.
According to The Borneo Post Online, the police, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) and Road Transport Department (JPJ) made the decision during a meeting on Tuesday.
Deputy head of the state Traffic Investigation and Enforcement DSP Alexson Naga Chabu stated that, “Uber drivers may be fined not less than RM1,000 or not more than RM10,000 under Section 33 of Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Act 1987. The Act also allows us to seize the private vehicles used illegally for commercial purposes,”
DSP Alexson also stressed that the service was illegal and has urged the public not to use Uber services.
Previously, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri said that Uber will be operating illegally in Sarawak as it did not apply for a permit from the state Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP).
“Action can be taken against Uber because they are not registered. Under Section 51 of the Act, LPKP can enforce the law with JPJ (Road Transport Department) and PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) coming in to seize vehicles without licence.”
Four local taxi associations comprising of Sarawak Taxi Owners’ Association, Kuching Division Taxi Association, Kuching Division Bumiputera Taxi Association and Bumi Kenyalang Taxi Association lodged a police report against Uber.
They claimed that Uber drivers have been operating in downtown Kuching, ferrying and waiting for passengers.
Kuching District police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai said that they are in the process of preparing operations to clamp down on Uber.
Uber started operation in Kuching on September 14.
William Mangor | 29 September 2016
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