Bogus Tour Guide Gets Hefty Fine in Bali
Illegal Tour Guide Fined Rp. 25 million in Bali
NusaBali reports that the Provincial Government of Bali is imposing significant fines on unlicensed tour guides operating on the Island.
On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, a judge in the Gianyar District Court imposed a fine of Rp. 25 million and Court costs of Rp. 5,000 on Dody Eka Saputra who was found guilty of guiding tourists without the required official license. If Saputra is not able to pay the fine, he will be required to serve a prison term of 1.5 months.
In handing down the sentence, the presiding judge Erwin Harland Palyama heard State Prosecutors make the case against the illegal guide and call witnesses.
The unusually high fine of Rp. 25 million imposed on Saputra is still less than the maximum fine of Rp. 50 million allowed under the law.
Provincial enforcement officials pledged to continue to capture and prosecute guides operating without the required license. Officials are also threatening to also prosecute tour operators who contract the services of unlicensed guides, including revoking the operating licenses of guilty travel agencies.
Dody Eka Saputra was apprehended guiding tourists at the Tirta Empul Holy Baths in Gianyar on September 26, 2019.