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.

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 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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Maxi Taxi Driver Position Vacant

Maxi Taxi Driver Position Vacant

VIP Higher Car Services are seeking Maxi Taxi drivers for the greater Sydney area and it’s surrounding suburbs.

Currently, VIP is fast growing shuttle bus company that has been servicing Sydney for the past 5 years. During this time VIP Higher Cars has acquired a large fleet of various shuttle bus and maxi taxi sizes and does a varied range of bus services from corporate transfers through to regular route, so there is potential for other maxi taxi bus work as well for successful applicants.

Potential shuttle bus/maxi taxi drivers will require:

  • A minimum license requirement of a LR licence
  • A Public Vehicle Drivers Authority (as required by the Ministry of Transport)
  • Be well groomed
  • Own a well pressed suit
  • Own a smart phone that has internet capabilities
  • Own their own Sat Nav system
  • Have good English speaking skills
  • Have good knowledge of Sydney’s roadways and popular tourist destinations

 

Maxi Taxi driver Jobs on offer can be up to 5 – 6 days per week or as per agreed.

Potential maxi taxi driver applicants can either email their CV to admin@bookvip.com.au or call 0410 300 004 directly to arrange and interview.

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