The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) says Queenslanders should be worried by claims of police in London that Uber is more concerned about protecting its reputation than it is about public safety.
TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies said London’s metropolitan police have accused Uber of not reporting serious crimes so it can avoid reputational damage.
“Uber neglected to tell police that one of its drivers had allegedly sexually assaulted a passenger and then the same driver reportedly offended again,” said Mr Davies.
“In another unreported incident, an Uber driver is alleged to have used a pepper spray gun during a road rage dispute.
“While these things happened in London, it would be naïve of us to think we’re immune to these kinds of criminal behaviour in Queensland.”
Mr Davies suggested that because booked hire services are being given what amounts to a free pass by the State Government through lax regulations, which are different to those that apply to taxis, there are likely to be unreported incidents happening here.
“The Queensland Government can’t pretend that there is no problem here. Reported crimes are just the tip of the iceberg, unreported crimes still have real victims and real perpetrators,” he said.
“It’s time the Government got serious about protecting vulnerable Queenslanders, real people who it has put at risk by a laissez-faire approach to overseeing booked hire services.”