The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) continues to strongly advocate for security cameras to be used in all booked-hire services to further increase the security and safety of passengers and drivers.
It comes after an Uber driver was recently charged with assaulting a female passenger he had picked up in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.
“The Queensland public deserves the highest safety standards possible for the transport industry and security cameras are vital to help preventing incidents such as this happening”, TCQ Chief Executive Officer Blair Davies said.
While taxis are currently required to have security cameras installed, booked-hire service vehicles don’t require any such security measures under existing regulations.
“Opponents may argue about the extra cost involved but you just can’t put a price on safety.”
Mr Davies understands why a permanent camera may appear unsuitable for some booked-hire service drivers as they use their vehicles in their private lives, but stressed that passengers and drivers will continue to be at risk until mandatory security cameras in vehicles become standard.
“The cameras in booked-hire vehicles do not have to be the same as those in taxis. The technology exists for cheaper cameras that can be in use only when the drivers are using the booked-hire app.
“Even these would greatly increase security and safety for passengers and drivers alike.”