The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) has renewed its call for the establishment of a register of disaffiliated drivers in the personalised transport sector.
TCQ says the register would help prevent drivers who have been disaffiliated or removed from one platform from moving to another platform.
“The system needs to protect consumers by recording and tracking bad drivers and making that information available to authorised booking entities,” said TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies.
“The system also needs balance so at the same it respects drivers’ rights to privacy, and protects customers and drivers against harassment and victimisation.”
He said TCQ also believes the government must set up a process for managing the risks of drivers having multiple affiliations.
“The Government’s new regulations don’t seem to have thought through the risks of drivers potentially finishing their shift driving a taxi and then logging onto a booked hire platform to make extra money. Without a break and recovery time, it’s a recipe for more fatigued drivers on the road, making our roads less safe for everyone.”