The state election campaign is a golden opportunity for both of the major political parties to commit to fixing glaring holes in regulations for the personalised transport sector, according to the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ).
Chief executive officer Blair Davies said failures in the regulations covering passenger safety and security have been exposed in recent months by three booked hire service drivers being charged with rape and another with kidnapping.
“There’s a direct correlation between those alleged crimes and the State Government’s policies,” he said.
“This Government’s legislation allows booked hire services to operate without proven safety technology like security cameras, duress alarms or hard-wired GPS tracking units in their vehicles. Safety is important and this technology works. That’s why you find all of this equipment being used in taxis in Queensland.”
Mr Davies said the Government ignored repeated warnings from TCQ that its legalising of booked hire services needed to include strong safeguards to protect vulnerable passengers as well as the public.
“We don’t understand how the Premier can call an end to the current parliament before she has fixed this mess. The Government simply has not delivered on its commitments to put customers first when experience out on the streets is proving that passengers in booked hire vehicles are at risk of becoming victims of heinous crimes.
“We’ve not giving up on this issue, our door is still open to working with the major parties to solve the mess.
Mr Davies welcomed the commitment by Steve Dickson and One Nation to address passenger safety issues and remove the double standards being applied to CTP premiums for taxis and booked hire vehicles..
“The challenge now is for the ALP and LNP to do the right thing and spell out to the people of Queensland what safeguards they will put in place to protect the safety of passengers using personalised transport services.”