Taxis in Queensland will soon be wired for sound with recordings to be introduced next year Courier-Mail
Watch what you say - audio recording on way to Qld taxis Noosa News
Fear a part of the job, says cabbie Brisbane Times
Interview with Benjamin Wash, CEO, Qld Taxi Council who says Qld does not have a regulation
that requires either a security camera or a safety screen in taxis, but they have the same range
of measures. Wash says in NSW assaults against drivers i treated as seriously as against police or
other emergency services workers, while the NT has recently brought in mandatory sentencing
for assaults, and they pursue that in Qld. Wash says he is in favour of audio recording in cabs,
but there are significant safeguards around accessing visual and audio footage, with it only being
accessed by a Qld Police report number for evidence in a case.
All conversations will be recorded in taxis under new regulations brought in by the Queensland government. The regulations aim to ensure the safety of taxi drivers and passengers.
Like video recordings, all sounds would be encrypted and stored on a hard drive in a taxi. The recordings will be automatically overwritten after 72 hours. Whilst the Australian taxi community has welcomed the new laws, the Queensland Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns about the regulation.