Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d have known about the GO-JEK driver who was accused of kidnapping a rider.
Allegedly because she doesn’t want to pay the $2 ERP.
Here’s a recap of the incident for those who haven’t been following it so far:
Facebook user Kamaruzzaman Bin Abdul Latiff uploaded a video into Go-Jek Singapore Community group, relating an experience that has since garnered over 42K Shares in less than 24 hours.
In the video, a woman was seen scolding the driver, allegedly for not helping her to avoid the ERP.
Harsh words were exchanged and things heated up to the point that the woman accused the driver and an AETOS officer of being racist.
So netizens jumped in on the issue, hated the woman and made memes of the incident.
The end. Is it, really?
Nope, not so fast.
Apparently, the driver has landed in hot soup for that singular action of uploading a video.
Driver in trouble with LTA
So, my eagle-eyed colleague was following up on the news when he spotted two different things that could potentially land the driver in hot soup.
One is the fact that he had leaked the footage online.
Private hire car drivers can have an inward-facing camera to film the passenger, but the footage can only be used for official investigation: it should never be uploaded to social media sites.
And second, is the fact that the woman was seen in the video to not be wearing her seatbelt.
Now, while some might think that it’s the lady who’s going to get into trouble, the fact remains that in Singapore driving laws, it’s the driver who will get punished for this offence.
The driver will receive 3 demerit points and a fine of $120 as well.