Unlicensed PHV driver touches woman inappropriately in vehicle, gets arrested

An unlicensed private-hire vehicle (PHV) driver was arrested for his suspected involvement in a case of outrage of modesty, said the police.

The police received a report on Nov 25 at about 7.35pm that a woman was molested by an unknown man along Woodlands Close.

He had allegedly touched the woman inappropriately in the vehicle while transporting her from Yishun to Woodlands Close.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from CCTV, officers from Woodlands Police Division established the identity of the 23-year-old man and arrested him the next day.

The man was to be charged in court on Nov 28 for the offence of outrage of modesty, which carries an imprisonment term of up to three years, a fine, caning or any combination.

The Land Transport Authority is also investigating the man for offences under the Road Traffic Act, where any person caught using a vehicle to provide taxi or chauffeured private-hire car services without a valid Public Service Vehicle Licence may be investigated and prosecuted.

Upon conviction, the offender faces a fine of up to $3,000, or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.

The vehicle used may also be forfeited.