A swoop on vehicles waiting to board Java ferries netted dozens of unregistered trucks and private cars, apparently to the surprise of many of the drivers.
The recent raid by Bali transport officials and the Jembrana authorities followed a recent warning to commercial transport operators that they must ensure their vehicles were properly registered.
All vehicles entering the Gilimanuk Port area were stopped.
Officials said some drivers were shocked and confused when they were asked to show their vehicle’s papers. A number of them had offered excuses and some had tried to pay bribes to escape penalty.
“We are committed to a policy of not tolerating incomplete vehicle papers. And if we tolerate, let alone accept, bribes we will be heavily punished,” one officer said.
Another officer said the decision to mount an inspection raid on the port resulted from complaints from some transport providers that they were being disadvantaged by operators who did not bother to register their vehicles.
“We have lost patience because we have publicised the requirements but some operators remain stubborn,” he said.Filed under: Headlines