(File pix) 2 taxi touts fined, 1 gets jail time, for operating illegal services at KLIA.

SEPANG: Three taxi touts detained by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) yesterday were charged at the sessions court here this morning.

All three pleaded guilty to the charges read to them before Judge Norul Fitri Hamdan.

The trio was arrested by SPAD during its two-day crackdown, code-named “Ops Parasit”, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

The operation ended last night.

Muhammad Bakri Manggong, 53 and Wong Tai San, 57, were released after paying a fine of RM2,500.

Twenty-seven-year-old L. Prem Nathan, meanwhile, was fined RM1,400 and sentenced to two days in Kajang Prison.

They were charged under Section 205 (1) of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, for soliciting and touting.

Yesterday, SPAD enforcement division chief Datuk Paduka Che Hasni Che Ahmad said the commission has beefed up its enforcement operations in conjunction with the Sea Games (KL2017), especially at airports.

He said taxi touts are targeting mainly foreigners, with some of them charging US$100 (RM430) for a one-way trip to KL.

"KLIA is a hotspot for taxi touts. Despite our tough enforcement activities, they are not deterred, because this is their rice bowl," he said.

Che Hasni also cautioned that his team will continue its enforcement crackdown on illegal taxi services at KLIA, and will show no mercy towards any irresponsible individual.

From January to August this year, a total of 111 taxi touts were arrested in similar operations at KLIA and klia2. Out of the figure, 90 touts were arrested at klia2.

As for illegal taxi drivers, SPAD detained a total of 38 within the same period.

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