Three law enforcement agencies in Sarawak will take action against Uber drivers operating in the state as ride-sharing services are deemed illegal, The Borneo Post reports.
The decision was made on Tuesday following a meeting between three parties – namely police, the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
Deputy Traffic Police Chief DSP Alexson Naga Chabu said that Uber drivers can be fined between RM1,000 and 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,” Alexson was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.
Uber began operations in Kuching earlier this month despite Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri’s warning that it should apply for a permit beforehand.
Nancy, who oversees both Sarawak CVLB and Sabah CVLB, said Uber had yet to apply for a permit from either state to enable it to operate legally.
The decision by Sarawakian authorities fell on the same day two Uber drivers were arrested in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah during a police sting. Like in Sarawak, the ride sharing service is illegal in Sabah, with drivers needing a CVLB licence.
Last month, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) announced that the Cabinet had given the go-ahead to regulate ride-sharing services Uber and Grab.
However, Sabah and Sarawak has its respective CVLB and do not come under SPAD’s jurisdiction.
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