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From October 1, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be carrying out a nationwide crackdown on private individuals and companies providing transport services through Uber, The Star reports.

Private vehicles caught providing the service will be impounded, and their owners may face fines between RM1,000 and RM10,000, or be jailed up to a year, said JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

“It is similar to teksi sapu or illegal taxis, and that is why we are taking action to stop it,” The Star quoted him as saying. “The public should be aware that by using private vehicles as taxis, they are not covered by any insurance should they get involved in any accident.”

Taxis, limousines and other vehicles from licensed operators using Uber to ply their services will not be affected, said Ismail.