Cheating cabbies are taken to court

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 August, 1993, 12:00am

IN REFERENCE to the editorial (Sunday Morning Post, August 22) concerning the activities of some taxi drivers during the passage of Typhoon Tasha, the police have always voiced grave concern at the unscrupulous activities of taxi drivers who take an opportunity to inflate, by enormous proportions, the approved taxi fares.

It is the police view that prosecutions of that small element of taxi drivers who abuse the privilege of a taxi licence should fall within the Driving Offence Points scheme.

A similar proposal was included in the Taxi Policy Review paper currently nearing its final stages of consultation.

Having said that, to prosecute errant drivers needs evidence.

We totally reject the assertion that police do not take every possible complaint case to court.

Every case is dealt with seriously, and in an average month 40 taxi drivers are prosecuted on the basis of a complaint.

As a further point, readers may wish to note that the police have a close working relationship with the Transport Complaints Unit of the Transport Advisory Committee and also monitor the complaints referred to us for action.

JIMMY LEE Police Public Relations Branch