The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) has renewed its call for the State Government to stand up for the safety of Queenslanders pointing out that only taxi passengers and drivers are currently protected by security cameras mandatory.
This comes after a number of recent assaults by Uber drivers on passengers, including the alleged rape of a teenage girl in Brisbane.
TCQ’s call has been shared by State MP Steve Dixon, who said the attacks should serve as a reminder that booked hire services needed to be better controlled and that it’s time the Government stood up for the travelling public and took their safety seriously.
Under current transport regulations, only taxis are required to have security cameras installed. The regulations largely ignore, or don’t care about the risks for passengers and drivers of booked hire services.
TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies said the power of security camera systems to improve the safety of passengers and taxi drivers is beyond doubt.
“Security cameras in taxis are a recognised deterrent of violent or unacceptable behaviour. They make our taxis appreciably safer for both passengers and drivers,” said Mr Davies.
“You can’t put a price on safety and so it begs the question, why is the booked hire industry so opposed to using security cameras?”