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 Taxi enforcement update


Taxi Enforcement Update

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) conducted enforcement operations from 19 November - 1 December 2007 on errant taxi drivers who solicit, overcharge or refuse to convey passengers.
In enforcement operations conducted over a 13 day period, 14 errant taxi drivers were nabbed at several spots such as Boat Quay, CHIJMES, Clarke Quay, Mustafa Centre, Orchard Towers and Shenton Way.
Of these, 6 taxi drivers were found overcharging and 8 were caught for refusing to convey passengers. None was found touting.
The LTA will continue its enforcement operations in cooperation with the taxi companies and taxi drivers' associations to eradicate and deter such malpractices.
Of the 130 taxi drivers caught since 24 October 2007, LTA has issued 52 Notice of Traffic Offences (NTO) to errant taxi drivers, with more to follow after on-going investigations are completed.
If penalised under the Vocational Licensing Points System (VLPS), these taxi drivers will receive fines and demerit points.
So far, 9 of these taxi drivers will have their vocational licence revoked while another 10 taxi drivers will have their vocational licence suspended between 2 - 8 weeks.
"While the number of errant taxi drivers caught has decreased substantially since the stiffer penalties took effect, we will continue to be vigilant in our enforcement activities. Besides the regular 'hotspots' for errant taxi drivers, our enforcement officers are also carrying out surveillance at other popular night spots such as along Beach Road, Chinatown, Lau Pa Sat and North Bridge Road to ensure that the errant taxi drivers have not merely moved their activities to other areas. We strongly urge taxi commuters to report errant taxi drivers to LTA," said Mr Jeremy Yap, Acting Group Director, Vehicle & Transit Licensing, LTA.
To raise awareness among taxi commuters that touting for passengers is an offence, LTA has progressively, since 1 December 2007, placed taxi advisories at taxi stands in the Central Business District (CBD) and is working with the taxi companies to display similar advisories in all taxis.
These advisories carry LTA's hotline number (1800-CALL LTA or 1800-225 5582) to make it easy for passengers, tourists and the public to give feedback or report errant taxi drivers.
Members of the public are encouraged to call LTA's hotline at 1800-CALL LTA (1800-225 5582) should they wish to give feedback or report errant taxi drivers.

Source: News Release 7 Dec 2007

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