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Uber SG: Not one of ours

The alleged Uber car is not registered on our platform, Uber Singapore has come out to say.

It also released a statement out on its official website before 4pm yesterday, after a man's experience with the alleged Uber driver went viral online.

Uber warned its users and other commuters about this individual claiming to be a driver on its platform.

The spokesman said that Uber is an on-demand platform where "riders and driver-partners are matched via the smartphone app and not street hails".

"Anyone, who has been in contact with this vehicle should report it to the police, and (e-mail) supportsingapore@uber.com," he said.

He added that Uber has filed a police report and alerted the Land Transport Authority (LTA) about this incident. 

SPECIAL LICENCE

Criminal lawyer Luke Lee told The New Paper that a special licence is needed for taxis to operate and ferry passengers for a fee.

"Cabbies are issued vocational licences to drive. Also, the car must also be insured for that purpose. By using a private car as a taxi, the driver exposes himself and his passengers to all kinds of liabilities," he said.

Insurers, for one, will be able to disclaim any liabilities should there be an accident, he added.

Under the Road Traffic Act, it is illegal to use, rent or hire out a private car to convey passengers for reward.

Offenders could face up to six months in jail, be fined up to $3,000 and have their vehicles forfeited.

For not having valid insurance, drivers will be disqualified from driving for a year, and can be jailed for up to three months and fined a maximum of $1,000.

LTA could not reply by press time.