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.