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Man gets fine, driving ban for using motorcycle as private-hire vehicle in first such case

SINGAPORE: In the first case of its kind in Singapore, a man has been convicted for using a motorcycle as a private-hire vehicle, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Jan 5). 

During an enforcement operation in May last year targeting illegal car and motorcycle pooling services, LTA booked two drivers and a motorcyclist, and impounded their vehicles. 

“The motorcyclist was charged and convicted for using a prohibited vehicle as a public service vehicle and for using the vehicle without the requisite insurance coverage,” said the authority said in a Facebook post.

“This is the first time that a motorcyclist has been charged and convicted for conveying passengers for hire and reward.”             

Court documents showed that an LTA enforcement officer conducted a check on the motorcyclist, 33-year-old Muhammad Hasbullah Rosly, along the vicinity of Block 505D Yishun Street 51 on May 3, 2023 at about 8.45am. 

Investigations revealed Hasbullah had been hired by his passenger to ferry him from Yishun Street 51 to ITE College West for a fare of S$18 (US$14), despite not knowing the passenger personally.

Despite knowing that is an offence to ferry passengers on a motorcycle for a fare, it was found that Hasbullah agreed to ferry the passenger as he wanted to “earn additional income”.

Hasbullah also admitted that at about 6.30am on the same day, he had ferried a passenger from Tampines to ITE College West for a fare of S$18. 

His motorcycle was not registered as a public service vehicle as motorcycles are forbidden from being used as private-hire vehicles.

He also did not have a valid insurance policy, with insurance company Etiqa confirming its policy did not cover the motorbike when used for hire and reward services.

For using a proscribed vehicle as a public service vehicle and using a vehicle without insurance coverage, Hasbullah was fined S$1,800 and received a 12-month driving ban.

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