The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) has again called for better identification, including dedicated number plates, for all personalised transport vehicles.
TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies says as long as the State Government refuses to force booked-hire operators to improve the identification of their vehicles, consumer safety will continue to be put at unnecessary risk.
“It’s just too easy under the Government’s rules for sexual predators, posing as booked hire drivers, to target unsuspecting consumers, particularly young women who may be intoxicated after a night out,” said Mr Davies.
“We’ve issued this warning many times in the past, yet our politicians are still not listening.”
Mr Davies said that in addition to removable company stickers on windscreens, booked hire vehicles should have dedicated number plates like the ‘T’ plates used by taxis.
“Anyone who believes a removable sticker satisfactorily identifies a vehicle is kidding themselves. They are a part solution, not the full solution.
“The community needs to be protected from fake booked hire drivers looking to get up to no good. The risk is real and the Government can’t just put its head in the sand on the issue.”
TCQ believes dedicated number plates should be mandatory for all personalised transport vehicles along with appropriate CTP and public liability insurances and certificates of inspection.