THE Transport Authority says it has received a number of reports about people claiming to be its agents collecting millions of dollars from applicants, promising, in exchange, hackney carriage and route licences or motor vehicles.
Yesterday, this prompted the Transport Authority to issue a warning to applicants for public passenger vehicle road licences and commercial carriers, as well as all other individuals wishing to conduct “legitimate business” with it.
“... Refrain from conducting business with persons purporting to be agents or employees of the Transport Authority, in order to circumvent the established channels publicised by the [Transport Authority] for conducting such business,” a release from the agency said yesterday.
The authority said, based on the reports, prospective applicants are required to pay fees ranging from $100,000 to $350,000 for licences and up to $1,500,000 for purchasing motor vehicles, without being issued with an authentic Transport Authority receipt.
The release yesterday indicated that the current fee for new hackney carriage and route taxi licences is $15,000 while rural stage carriages are charged a per seat fee of $3,000 and an annual inspection fee of $10,500. The release said the fees have been in effect since 2010.
“Further, the authority is advising that no employee of the authority has the power or authority to grant new road licences or to sell motor vehicles, as this responsibility lies with the board-appointed Licensing Committee of the Transport Authority and the appointed auctioneer, respectively,” the release said.
The Transport Authority reiterated that it is urging applicants to refrain from conducting business with individuals purporting to be its agents, as it will not accept liability for any losses incurred by applicants as a result of these transactions.