SINGAPORE: An Uber driver was sentenced to a day’s jail and fined a total of S$2,000 on Tuesday (Aug 16) for fighting with a then Land Transport Authority (LTA) traffic warden and verbally abusing him.
Goh Kok Ling, 60, got into a public scuffle with former LTA officer Tan Hock Guan at Bugis Junction’s taxi stand in November last year, after Tan directed Goh’s car away from the taxi stand towards the pick-up/drop off point a short distance away.
Unhappy, Goh told Tan to speak to his passenger, who wanted to be picked up from the taxi stand.
Tan responded by taking a picture of Goh’s car. Goh got out of his car and confronted Tan, daring him to issue a summons to him. Tan told the Uber driver he had recorded a video, and warned him that actions would be taken against him.
Goh then uttered a string of vulgarities to Tan, who punched him. The men rained punches on each other, and Goh slipped and fell to the ground. A passer-by broke up the men’s fistfight after Tan kicked Goh while he was down.
However, the brawl re-started after Goh pursued Tan, and the same passer-by had to separate the men again.
A video of the fight taken by Goh’s passenger was posted on Facebook, leading to Tan’s suspension from LTA shortly after the video went viral. LTA has since stopped using Tan's services, reported TODAY.
Tan, who similarly faced charges for fighting with Goh and verbally abusing him, was also sentenced to a day’s jail and fined a total of S$2,000 in May this year.
After dropping his passenger off, Goh decided to drive to a nearby police station as he was not feeling well.
He was taken by ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he was found to have lost two teeth in the brawl and sustained bruises and abrasions, and tenderness over his face, rib cage and foot.
He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined up to S$5,000 for affray. For verbally abusing Tan, a public servant at the time, Goh could have been jailed for up to 12 months and/or fined up to S$5,000.