November 28, 2016
Taxi Council Queensland – Taxi Industry Award winners
The Taxi Council Queensland 2016 Industry Award winners are as follows:
Driver of the Year (conventional vehicle) - Malcom Lamb from Yellow Cabs Rockhampton. Malcolm was the first person to bring a Silver Service vehicle into the fleet, and since then has provided exceptional service to clients.
Driver of the Year (wheelchair accessible vehicle) - William Paull from Mackay Whitsunday Taxis. William has described being a driver as the ‘best job he has ever had’, and finds the experience of assisting wheelchair bound customers and brightening their day incredibly rewarding.
Significant Achievement Award - Bill Parker from Yellow Cabs Brisbane. Bill is an outstanding advocate for the taxi industry, and places a massive emphasis on customer service.
Customer Service Award - John Wilson who has been with Yellow Cabs Brisbane for 38 years. John has had many roles in the company and when working as a driver was known to have the cleanest cab in the industry, nicknamed “Mr Clean!”
Operator of the Year 1-20 - Osman Durmaz from Black and White Cabs Brisbane. Osman works tirelessly to ensure all his cabs go above and beyond the impeccable service passengers expect from luxury cars.
Operator of the Year 21-100 - Stefan Przybysz from Yellow Cabs Brisbane. Stefan has always demonstrated total commitment to ethical, honest business dealings and has provided superb training, dedication, and trust to all within the industry.
Operator of the Year 100+ - Black and White Taxi Management – Black and White Cabs. Black and White Taxi Management boasts excellent facilities such as on-site mechanics, car wash and driver break facilities. All taxis are late model hybrid vehicles with state of the art computer programs.
Taxi Hero Award - Aguek Nyok from Yellow Cabs Brisbane. Aguek is the taxi driver who kicked in the door and assisted the passengers trapped in a bus after the attack on the driver at Moorooka.
Life Membership – Len Martin from Black and White Cabs. Len has public transport in his blood with his father and grandfather also working in the transport industry. He started his career in 1976 when he bought a taxi licence and is now a taxi rank coordinator.
November 8, 2016
“We told you Uber doesn’t care about safety – we were right” – Taxi Council
Reports last week in the Adelaide Advertiser that Uber is “openly defying the State Government by allowing dozens of its drivers to work illegally” comes as no surprise, according to Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ).
TCQ Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Wash says the Queensland Government equally cannot expect Uber to abide by any legislation, which he pointed out is still to be drafted.
“Uber has conned the Queensland Government, all other state Governments and the public into thinking that it cares about safety, but it doesn’t.
“I don’t want to say ‘I told you so’ but it’s the truth – we issued endless warnings about safety and no one listened.”
The Advertiser report revealed that Uber is allowing South Australian drivers to work without the proper accreditation.
“Uber refused to accept the Government regulations, announced in April, arguing they were too costly and time-consuming compared to regulations interstate,” the report said.
Mr Wash said this was typical of Uber’s behaviour across the world.
“When responsible governments have allowed for rideshare by putting in place sensible safety-based regulations, Uber has always spat the dummy and refused to play by the rules.
“The inconvenient truth is that Uber doesn’t care about customer safety, nor do they care about taking responsibility for what happens in their vehicles. They are an app and if you have a problem good luck at trying to find them in the Netherlands or wherever they send you.”
He called on the Queensland Government to fast track legislation that offered greater consumer protection, and issued a warning to Queenslanders.
“The Queensland Government has allowed rideshare to operate with almost no regulations and no checks and balances. Travel at your own risk!”
Quoted article - http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/uber-defying-state-goverment-by-allowing-dozens-of-its-drivers-to-work-illegally/news-story/eee14075b6f09d46443b562cead879d2