Another Super Calm LTA Officer Emerged When Driver Self-Pwn with Video

In this social media age, it seems like the memo about “you’re not right even if you’ve posted a video online first” hasn’t been seen by most people.

Take this latest example.

For the sake of brevity, here’s what happened: an LTA officer decided to charge a man who does a pick-up without a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence.  The man then fought back with words, which is perfectly fine because everyone argues.

But he did it while filming.

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Basically, the man’s argument is that he has called LTA and verified that since his vehicle is registered under Z10 and Z11, he did not need a PDVL to pick up passengers and tourists.

Here’s when everything gets a tad confusing: the classification of Z10 / Z11 is, in layman’s term, vehicles that can be used for private hire (you know, for commercial use). For normal private cars, they’re classified under the P10 / P11.

So, in order to drive for Uber / Grab, you need to convert your car from P10 / P11 to Z10 / Z11 (or rent one with that classification).

And this has nothing to do with the new regulations that just kicked in on the 1 July 2017: this is something that all Uber / Grab cars (do note, it’s cars, not drivers) have been doing in Singapore since its inception, because it’s illegal for private cars (P10/P11) to make a profit out from driving.

Here’s the thing that makes everything so confusing: Uber / Grab aren’t the only cars that use the Z10 / Z11 classification. There are private hire cars that aren’t Uber / Grab (think of those limos), way before Uber / Grab came to Singapore.

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So, here’s the thing: the man’s car is a Z10 / Z11, but does he have a PDVL? Yes, his car is registered to make money, but is he registered to make money?

Which is what leads to the argument: a misunderstanding.

But we all know it’s not the misunderstanding that people are mad about. Take a look.

Image: Facebook (Stomp)

My friend, before you go with the mindset that everyone would support you because it’s you against the authorities, think again. Singaporeans know the Rashomon effect.

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