Stage 2 of the State Government’s personalised transport sector reforms still miss the mark, according to the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ).
The changes came into effect on October 1, 2017, but TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies said they still don’t go far enough.
“The Government says its reforms promote safer personalised transport services, but how can they say that when there have been three booked hire drivers recently charged with rape and another driver charged with depravation of liberty?”
Mr Davies also criticised the Government’s assertion that the new framework ensures taxi operators and booked hire services are fit and proper to provide services.
“How can that be when London has just revoked Uber’s licence because it is not fit and proper?”
Under the reforms, a new class of compulsory third party insurance applies for booked hire services and limousines, but according to Mr Davies it’s misguided.
“Taxis pay $4,400 for CTP and booked hire vehicles pay $578 and that’s not fair,” he said.
“The reforms also stipulate that security cameras are required in all vehicles that meet a certain risk profile, but seemingly the safety of passengers in booked hire vehicles don’t count as a risk.
“Does the Government really consider the victims of those drivers charged with rape and kidnap were not a risk and it’s not a matter to be concerned about?”
Mr Davies also notes that the Government media statement spruiking the changes was clearly pre-prepared and out of touch with reality. The statement could not have been more poorly timed, claiming improvements to passenger safety the day after yet another allegation of rape by a booked hire driver.