JPD warns about fraudulent sale of vehicle registration numbers

Azlan Othman

Claims on the fraudulent sale of vehicle registration numbers using fake personal identification are currently being investigated by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), said the Land Transport Department (JPD) in a statement.

JPD issued the statement in the wake of several allegations, which recently went viral on social media.

“The public is urged to exercise caution in obtaining services or subscriptions related to the JPD proffered outside its office services or official website, or by any individual whose authenticity is questionable,” said the JPD.

Members of the public are also advised to obtain vehicle registration numbers through two methods: closed-tender and open-tender.

Closed-tender offers are made through the issuance of offer advertisements through Radio Television Brunei (RTB), official media channels such as Pelita Brunei, print media such as the Borneo Bulletin, and JPD’s official website.

Meanwhile, open-tender is for the registration of other vehicles, and applications can be made at JPD’s service counters or via email.

JPD also provides delivery services of vehicle registration numbers, which the public is advised to use to avoid instances of fraud and misunderstanding.

“It is an offence to impersonate a civil servant, an act can be prosecuted under the laws of Brunei Darussalam under Section 170 of the Criminal Penal Code, Chapter 22, which carries a jail term of up to seven years or a fine,” said the JPD.

“To use designation reserved for government employees with the intention to deceive is an offence under Section 171, Chapter 22 of the Criminal Penal Code, which carries a jail term of three years or a fine.

“Meanwhile, the act of disseminating unverified information, particularly if it is erroneous and conceived with the intention to mislead, is an offence which can be reported under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act, whereby anyone who either uses oral or written language or any means to spread false reports or make false statements, which cause disturbance to public order, are liable to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of BND3,000.”