KOTA KINABALU: Twenty five illegal taxis or better known as ‘kereta sapu’ among the locals in the city have been detained in an operation to tackle their illegal activity, here yesterday.
The ‘Sapu Kereta’ Operation also seized 25 vehicles from all the suspects aged 24 to 69 years old, with an estimated worth of RM2.2 million.
District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra, said the operation was launched after a week of information gathering carried by the police.
“In a week, we continually monitor their activity to identify individuals involved in the activity and their vehicles,” he said in a press conference at Traffic Police Station, here today.
About 12 vans, seven MPV cars, and six private cars were among the vehicles seized in the operation.
Chandra said, the police observation has found illegal taxi drivers will begin their operation as early as 7.00am to 9.00pm.
“They will park their vehicles at a public parking lot without making any payment, unlike a licensed taxis,” he said.
He added that most of their regular costumers are residents returning to Telipok.
“These illegal taxis are not metered, and they will charge cheaper fares to their costumers compared to a licensed taxis, with adults charged for RM4, and children for RM2,” he said.
M. Chandra also stressed that the police will not tolerate to any drivers running the illegal activity.
All of the suspects detained in ‘Sapu Kereta’ Operation will be investigated under Section 51 and Section 33 of Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987. – SayangSabah