30 Jul '11, 11am

Failure to pay taxi fares is a non-arrestable offence if the identities of the parties are known

We refer to Mr Ong Swee Huat's letter, "Taxi fare not paid, passenger goes free" (July 29). Our enquiry revealed that this was a dispute between Mr Ong and his passenger. The officer handling the incident intervened in the dispute and prevented the situation from escalating. Both parties were also interviewed. According to the passenger, she refused to pay the taxi fare, as Mr Ong took her to the wrong destination: Boat Quay instead of Boon Keng. The passenger provided the officer with valid contact details as well as her particulars, which were verified. In the process, both parties were advised to keep the peace and to settle the matter amicably. The failure to pay taxi fares falls under Section 24D of the Public Transport Council Act, Chapter 259B, which is a non-arrestable offence if the identities of the parties are known. The police officer attending to the case had ...

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