RTD cracks down on 60,000 foreigners driving without proper licences

Foreigners have been found to be driving lorries and buses, including those of public transportation, without a valid Commercial Driving Licence. — Bernama pic
Foreigners have been found to be driving lorries and buses, including those of public transportation, without a valid Commercial Driving Licence. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — The Road Transport Department (RTD) is after 60,000 foreigners, including United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card holders, for driving commercial vehicles without the necessary licences here.

According to Utusan Malaysia, the cases involve foreigners driving lorries and buses, including those of public transportation, without a valid Commercial Driving Licence (CDL).

"If these workers are caught, RTD will seize the vehicles under Section 64 (1) Road Transport Act 1987 and a fine will imposed on the employers if they were found to have allowed their foreign workers to drive these vehicles," City RTD director Datuk Md Ziki A. Rahman was quoted as saying.

"If it involves public transportation, the permit of the operators will be taken away," he added.

The news report said there were a total of 136,437 of such cases in 2014 and 55,262 cases as of last year.

Md Ziki said his department seized 18 vehicles including trash compactor and school vans in November that were operated unlawfully by foreigners.

Based on initial investigation, Md Zaki reportedly said most of these offences took place in private construction areas.

He pointed that the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and Goods Vehicle Driving Licence (GDL) were only issued to Malaysians while foreigners who wish to drive commercial or heavy vehicles must obtain the CDL.

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