Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) says an alleged sexual assault involving a booked-hire service driver should prompt the State Government to expedite the introduction of security cameras in all personalised transport sector vehicles.
A 47-year old uber driver has been charged with allegedly assaulting a 20-year female passenger he had picked up in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.
Police are investigating whether there are other victims of similar assaults.
“We need to be raising safety standards to prevent incidents like this from happening,” said TCQ president Max McBride.
“While it’s mandatory for taxis to have security cameras in them, booked-hire service vehicles don’t require them and unfortunately this latest incident highlights why cameras are necessary.”
Mr McBride said security cameras help protect the safety of both customers and drivers.
“Booked-hire services claim security cameras are too expensive to install in their vehicles, but at what point does cost outweigh people’s safety?
“We’ve issued this warning several times yet politicians are still not listening.”