3 taxi touts fined RM6,400 for so­lic­it­ing

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SEPANG: Three taxi touts, who were de­tained for so­lic­it­ing cus­tomers, were fined RM6,400 at the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day.

Muham­mad Bakri Mang­gong, 53, and Wong Tai San, 57, were fined RM2,500 each, while L. Prem Nathan, 27, was fined RM1,400 and sen­tenced to two days’ jail.

All pleaded guilty to the charges read to them be­fore judge Norul Fitri Ham­dan.

They were de­tained by the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) on Wed­nes­day dur­ing its two-day crack­down, co­de­named Op Par­a­sit, at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 (klia2).

The three men were charged un­der Sec­tion 205 (1) of the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Act 2010, for so­lic­it­ing and tout­ing.

Yes­ter­day, SPAD en­force­ment divi­sion chief Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ah­mad said the com­mis­sion had beefed up its en­force­ment op­er­a­tions in con­junc­tion with the Sea Games (KL2017), es­pe­cially at the air­ports.

He said taxi touts were tar­get­ing for­eign­ers, with some of them charg­ing tourists US$100 (RM430) for a one-way trip to Kuala Lumpur.

“KLIA is a hot spot for taxi touts. De­spite tough en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, they are not de­terred, be­cause this is their rice bowl.”

Che Hasni said his team would con­tinue its en­force­ment crack­down on il­le­gal taxi ser­vices at KLIA, and would show no mercy to any ir­re­spon­si­ble in­di­vid­ual.

From Jan­uary to Au­gust this year, 111 taxi touts were ar­rested in sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions at KLIA and klia2.

Out of this num­ber, 90 touts were ar­rested at klia2.

SPAD de­tained 38 il­le­gal taxi driv­ers within the same pe­riod.

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