The dissemination and use of fake driver’s licenses is a pretty frequent phenomenon that many of us here in Malaysia are familiar with. For a pretty hefty price, it is actually possible for unscrupulous individuals to bypass driver’s tests altogether and obtain a driver’s license of their own.
In fact, according to Free Malaysia Today, some syndicates are offering GDL or PSV licenses for RM180, B2 Motorcycle licenses for RM200, B Full Motorcycle licenses for RM350, D or Da Class car licenses for RM450, and E class lorry licenses for RM700. However, many of us probably didn’t count on the phenomenon of fake Malaysian driving licenses to be found as far from home as in Australia.
26-year-old Malaysian woman caught using fake Malaysian license in Australia
But alas, according to the official Facebook page of the New South Wales Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, a 26-year-old female Malaysian was found to have been carrying a fake international driver’s license that was purportedly issued from Malaysia’s own Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalanraya (JPJ).
The woman was flagged down on the 22nd of December last year at around 2.00pm in the afternoon after her vehicle, a black Honda Accord, was detected travelling at 113 km/h in a 100 km/h zoned stretch of Murrumbidgee Avenue Griffith. Upon being stopped a little further down along the road, the woman was instructed to produce her driver’s license. Authorities note that she was driving alone at the time.
Upon cross-referencing her Malaysian international driver’s license details with that of the JPJ portal, the New South Wales traffic police found that the driver in question did not possess any class of driver’s license with JPJ at all. What’s more, the driver’s license that she had provided to the police showed a number of inconsistencies, betraying its fraudulent nature.
She also held a legitimate NSW learner’s license
Additional checks conducted also show that the woman possesses a legitimate New South Wales Learners license. However according to local law, learners are required to be supervised when operating a vehicle by a licensed driver/police officer or tester. What’s more, the woman failed to display any L plates on her car to indicate that she was a learner, on top of the fact that she was found driving over the speed limit.
“I asked someone to make it.” the woman told police officers upon being interviewed and cautioned.
The woman was said to have been living in Australia for the past 6 years on a bridging visa, and was convicted at Griffith Local Court on 13th April 2022 for the offence of possessing false documents to influence exercise public duty.
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