PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS FACE FINE, JAIL FOR FAILURE TO DISPLAY DECALS

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The LTA has moved to remind all Uber and Grab drivers that starting from tomorrow onwards, all private-hire car drivers must display the licence or special decals to show that they are private hire drivers. Failure to do so will result in a fine or even jail time for the drivers.

The LTA reiterated in a statement released yesterday that those who do not display the decals on their windscreens, or tamper with them in any way, are guilty of an offence under the Road Traffic Act. The LTA takes this seriously, and those first time offenders can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to three months, or both. he punishment goes up to $2,000 and six months for repeat offenders. They may also have their Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL) revoked. Those who provide services without a PDVL or a concession letter from the LTA could be fined up to $500, jailed up to three months, or both. They could also be banned from holding such a licence. People who have committed extremely serious offences - such as rape, murder or kidnapping - are barred from obtaining a PDVL.

Thus far, 27,000 private hire car drivers have been affixed with the tamper proof decals. The decals are meant to make it easier for commuters to identify registered drivers, and also allows enforcement against those who are unlicensed.

Diana Ang

A.S.S. Contributor

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