LTA cracks down on illegal rental car 'taxis'
Drivers with rental cars using phone apps to get bookings, flouting the law
Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:23 AM
As phone apps for booking a taxi or a limo get more popular, drivers with rental cars are also jumping in to grab these calls, according to car rental industry sources.
These drivers are breaking the law; and this has prompted the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to act.
LTA officials met car rental companies and taxi operators last week to remind them of the rules, the second time it has done so in less than a year.
Other than taxis, only company-owned vehicles insured as limousines and driven by its employees are allowed under the law to ferry passengers for a fee.
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