ARMED MEN WANTED IN CONNECTION TO TAXI CAB ROBBERIES

“robberies directed at taxi drivers…”

 

Taxi Drivers MelbourneOctober 19, 2012—Police confirm that the armed robberies directed at taxi drivers in Melbourne’s north over the last week were likely perpetrated by the same two men. On two separate occasions, the men, in their 20s and wearing hooded tops, hailed the taxis under the guise of being taxi passengers. They then used a knife to intimidate the drivers into surrendering their valuables upon reaching their supposed destination.

“Mr Singh, who had been working as a taxi driver for about six weeks…”

 

In the first incident on a Melbourne taxi cab which occurred at around 2am on Sunday morning in Coburg North, taxi driver Gurbhej Singh, 23, stopped to pick up two male taxi passengers at the intersection of Elizabeth and Livingstone Streets. After driving a short distance, one of the men signaled the taxi driver to stop, while the other threatened the driver with a knife and made away with the driver’s money and credit cards.

“taxi drivers are regularly put in defenceless situations…”

 

Mr Singh, who had been working as a taxi driver for about six weeks at the time, was left feeling traumatised by the experience. “I couldn’t sleep for two nights after that incident and I still can’t sleep because that was really terrifying, I saw my death so closely,” Mr Singh said, adding that taxi drivers are regularly put in defenseless situations in the course of earning a living. “At night time, we always have the fear [of being attacked],” he elaborated.

A taxi cab driver in Thomastown became the second known victim of the armed robbers when they struck again two days later in the wee hours of the morning on Winamurra Street. They stole the driver’s wallet and ran east towards a waiting vehicle on Edgars Road. Police say footage from CCTV showed the knife used to be rather large.

“The fact that the taxis only travelled a short distance before the crime was being committed showed a level of intent and planning, which is a concern for police,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Williams. He described the crimes as “violent and organised attacks”, and has pledged to use every resource available to further investigations.

Anyone with any information can please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SYDNEY TAXI SHOOTING

October 21, 2012—A taxi driver in Sydney’s southwest told Bankstown police he had been involved in a shooting outside a unit complex on Fairmount Street, Lakemba.

“Multiple shots were fired at the driver’s taxi cab…”

 

Multiple shots were fired at the driver’s taxi cab, mainly through the taxi’s passenger side doors.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, which occurred around 11pm. Forensic officers yielded several bullet casings from the area.

“further investigations regarding the Sydney taxi shooting…”

 

Detectives from Campsie Local Area Command are pooling resources with officers attached to Operation Spartan and the South West Metropolitan Region to conduct further investigations regarding the Sydney taxi shooting.

Who really is your taxi driver?

Have you ever wondered who your taxi driver really is? Over the past few years, many taxi drivers have continued to work in Sydney taxi cabs despite a history convicted violence or are facing sex charges.

Sydney taxi passengers have been unwittingly sharing their taxi cabs with sex offenders

 

One taxi driver was accused of bashing a passenger with a tyre lever and another who allegedly threatened to remove a female passenger from the taxi in the middle of a busy Sydney motorway, while other drivers have been aggressive, intimidating and/or abusive. Sydney taxi passengers are not the only ones being targeted as a taxi driver was convicted of assaulting a police officer!

“a taxi driver was convicted of assaulting a police officer!…”

 

When applying for their cab licence, they are obliged to declare if they have a criminal history and update the Ministry of Transport (MOT) if they are convicted of a crime after they have obtained their taxi licence or public vehicle driver authority, however many taxi drivers have failed to so.

In an attempt by the Ministry of Transport to clean up the taxi industry, the MOT have scanned the taxi cab database against police records to ping any taxi drivers who have since had a conviction or are waiting on conviction.

During 2011 the department cancelled the licences of 22 cab drivers and 17 bus drivers with 9 of those taxi drivers fought to maintain their taxi licences in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, although 6 of those taxi and bus drivers who appealed failed. Out of the 3 bus drivers, 2 were unsuccessful in overturning the decision.

“violence convictions are not the only things a taxi driver can have their taxi licence suspended…”

Criminal activity and violence convictions are not the only things a taxi driver can have their taxi licence suspended or canceled, a bad driving record, medical problem can also see their taxi licence suspended or cancelled.

Sydney Buses pulled off the road due to fire hazard

Sydney Buses On Fire – Natural Gas Ignites

 

DRIVERS are now refusing to work on approximately 700 Sydney-based gas-powered public buses, after one of the buses exploded into a fire ball caused by a natural gas explosion.

Despite many repeated requests about the incident over the past two months, STA has failed to provide the bus drivers with any detail about what happened.

Sydney government public bus fleet consists of approximately 2500 vehicles, of which 700 are gas powered. Drivers have stopped driving the gas powered buses which affect vehicles at five depots. Their action will disrupt some afternoon services and parents are being advised to contact schools for possible disruptions.

Mr Way said, “union bus drivers remained on the job but would not drive the gas powered buses until they were satisfied the safety issues had been resolved and had there been people on the bus, any people, let alone school children or the elderly, it would have been catastrophic.”

In the case where the Sydney bus exploded in to a fire ball it was luckily the driver got off before it all went up.

As far as the drivers were concerned, they [the buses] unsafe and until they can demonstrate that they are safe, the bus drivers are not going to drive them.

Sydney Airport – one of the most expensive in the world

It seems Sydney Airport is becoming more and more expensive since it was purchased by Macquarie Bank.

“Some say Sydney Airport is one of the most expensive in the world”

 

Recently, the ACCC has criticised Sydney Airport for increasing its profits at the expense of its customers by charging high rates for inferior services.

People arriving to pick up friends or relatives from Sydney Airport can often find themselves paying over $50 once they have bought a coffee a snack and parking.

The public isn’t the only ones that have been affected as public passenger vehicles such as shuttle bus and limo servicesare all paying a lot more with most shuttle bus and limousine services passing on the extra Sydney Airport parking costs to the passengers.

shuttle bus and limousine services passing on the extra Sydney Airport parking costs to the passengers”

 

Sydney limousine and shuttle bus operators had previously tried to take a class action against these recent and exorbitant price alterations.

 

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VIP Shuttle Bus Turns Into Cruise Boat

Sydney Shuttle Bus Cruises down O’Riordan Street

 

On Monday the 30 th of May at approximately 3pm EST, the skies turn grey and the heaven opened up which lead to unbelievable down pours of torrential rain causing flash flooding and car accidents in many of Sydney’s suburbs. Some area’s recorded over 4 inches of rain in one afternoon.

With such flash flooding, many motorists were caught unaware and found themselves at the mercy of the rising waters with their cars stalled due to the electric components getting wet. Amongst some of those casualties was the VIP Higher Car Services 24 passenger rosa shuttle bus while servicing the South Sydney Corporate Park.

“With the airport shuttle bus left with no where to go”

 

While normal petrol driven motor cars were stalling in the rising flood waters, the traffic behind them were beginning to backup creating a traffic jam that also included the VIP shuttle bus. With the airport shuttle bus left with no where to go, the waters rose above the wheel level. While this normally isn’t a problem as the vehicle is powered by a diesel motor, it seems as though the low placed dual batteries were not so forgiving and caused the shuttle bus to stall along with the other vehicles and requiring the State Emergency Services to come to the rescue.

Apparently VIP Higher Car Services has been approached by P&O Cruise Ships regarding a possible business relationship for a new fleet of cruise ships to sail between Circular Quay and Sydney’s Southern Suburbs. VIP Higher Car Services stated they are still waiting for confirmation from the local council that they were not going to fix the drains so the potential new cruise passages will remain possible.

flooded airport shuttle bus
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Sydney shuttle bus
Sydney shuttle bus

If you need a shuttle bus transfer to your cruise ship call VIP  on 0410 300 004

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Sydney Taxi Cab Versus Lamborghini

On the 15th of May 2011 a female Sydney taxi driver has collided with a $400,000 black Lamborghini in Sydney’s west just near the popular cafe strip of Norton Street, Leichhard.

“jumped the median strip before colliding with the Sydney taxi…”

 

At approximately 2am, the super car had apparently jumped the median strip before colliding with the Sydney taxi. The female taxi driver had been trapped for nearly one hour before emergency services had to cut her free from the wreckage. Apart from a broken leg, the taxi driver had suffered a broken leg from the incident and was in a stable condition.

“The female taxi driver had been trapped for nearly one hour…”

 

The 22 year old driver of the super car had remained unharmed along, however his 26 year old male passenger suffered minor chest injuries and was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment.

Police were asking for witnesses of the accident and it was alleged that one witness said that the driver of the super car was “showing off”.

However anyone reading this would probably doubt that a young driver of an exotic sports car driving along a popular cafe strip would be “showing off”.

 

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