SINGAPORE, All private car owners, including Malaysians, are prohibited by law from providing taxi or chauffeured private hire car services in the republic.

They need to have a Public Service Vehicle Licence to provide such services.

Without the licence, they may be fined up to S$3,000 (about RM8,850) and jailed up to six months if convicted.

It was reported that an enforcement operation was carried out on Aug 17 against drivers who use Malaysia-registered vehicles to provide chauffeured services and two such drivers were caught.

The drivers may also have their vehicles forfeited, according to the news portal, TODAY.

The report said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) had conducted regular enforcement operations at hotspots such as Changi Airport, Marina Bay Sands and Ban San Street.

While the illegal practice of drivers using Malaysia-registered vehicles to provide chauffeured services is not new, Singapore drivers offering chauffeured services said they have noticed more Malaysia-registered cars doing it in recent months, said the report.

TODAY reported that at least five Malaysia-based companies -- Big World Transport, Ben Travel, 168 Go Heng, Ace Transport and HBC Transport Agency -- offered the service here.

The cost of a one-way trip for four riders on a seven-seat Malaysia-registered vehicle ranged between S$50 (RM148) and S$80 (RM236), the operators reportedly said.

Prior to the enforcement operation on Aug 17, the LTA reportedly said it took action against three cases in the first half of this year, 10 last year and seven in 2016.

Source: NAM News Network