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PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2014 9:54pm

JPJ: Uber exposes passengers to danger

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Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad says the use of private vehicles for public transport, provided through the smartphone app Uber, is illegal as the drivers and the vehicles are not registered with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) or JPJ. — File pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23, 2014 :

Using private vehicles as public transport can leave passengers open to all sorts of danger, including robbery and rape, warns the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Its director-general, Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad, said the service, which is provided through the smartphone app Uber, was illegal.

This was so as the drivers and the vehicles were neither registered with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) nor the JPJ, he said.

“As these vehicles are not registered. It is hard for us to trace them should anything untoward happens to the passengers.

“The vehicles are also uninsured. Therefore, the passengers will not be covered by insurance if they get into an accident while being in it,” he told The Rakyat Post.

At a press conference held at JPJ headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday, Ismail said that a major crackdown on the illegal service would be conducted on Oct 1.

“We want the public to understand that it is our duty to look after the wellbeing of the public and also public transport operators.

“If we do not curb this activity, the licensed taxi drivers who have paid for permits and insurance, will not be able to get an income to support their families.”

The nationwide crackdown will be carried out by the police, JPJ and SPAD.

“We have also informed the Uber app operators of this crackdown and have asked for their co-operation,” added Ismail.

He advised the public not to take safety matters lightly.

“We have so many types of public transports here in Malaysia. If they are not happy with the services provided by the taxis, they can opt to take a bus, the LRT, or the MRT.”

So far, no arrests have been made in regards to the illegal service.

However, those found to be doing so will be charged under Section 16 of the Land Public Transportation Act and Section 23 of the Road Transport Act, and may face a fine of between RM1,000 to RM10,000, or a prison time of not more than one year.

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