Queensland’s taxis will be on the road from early tomorrow morning taking patrons to Melbourne Cup day events as the industry embraces one of its busiest days of the year.
Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) has urged revellers to book ahead for a cab, and if using a smartphone app, to make sure it is attached to one of the recognised booking companies.
TCQ chief operating officer Wayne Crooks also warned that illegal taxis will be attempting to flout laws and generate business.
“Illegal taxis take advantage of alcohol-effected people by not only providing an unregulated and unsafe service, but charging up to ten times the normal fare in what they call surge pricing,” he explained.
“Taxis are the safest form of door to door transport, so make sure there is a clear taxi brand on the car.”
Extra services will be dispatched to the Doomben racecourse precinct where a crowd of more than 15,000 is expected for the ‘race that stops a nation’, while extra services will also be in place for Cup day meetings on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
TCQ reminds customers that no abled passengers will be picked up from disabled zones.