The following statement is attributed to Benjamin Wash, CEO, Taxi Council Queensland:
Taxi Council Queensland has consistently supported the introduction of greater security measures in taxis, including the ability of cameras to record audio. However we equally believe this is an opportunity to
review the overall operation of the security system - in particular the capital and repair costs of cameras, the speed of download and creating easier access to the footage for training, insurance and public-benefit purposes.
We also support automated metering for the benefit of both drivers and customers, though we point out that with around 250,000 taxi fares each day, instances of rorting are extremely rare. The State Government’s own mystery shopper research confirms this. That said, we recognise that every industry has people who will do the wrong thing from time to time. Taxi Council Queensland has zero tolerance for any unethical behaviour and this is a positive step.