NSW Taxi Council Launches Second Stage of Campaign

06 November 2015 | NSW Taxi Council

The NSW Taxi Industry has launched the second phase of its campaign highlighting the risks of illegal taxi services and the importance of regulated passenger services for the people of NSW.

The new ads remind passengers that the NSW Taxi Industry puts safety first.

CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Mr Roy Wakelin-King, said that the NSW Government has, over a number of years, put in place important laws to protect the public. 

“Allowing illegal taxi services to operate puts the public at risk and it would be a backward step for transport services in NSW,” he said.

“We cannot afford to go back in time where the public and drivers are exposed to substandard operating systems that remove basic safety provisions.”

NSW taxis have robust safety measures required by law to protect both passengers and drivers. 

These include:

  • In-built vehicle tracking systems which, unlike phones, cannot be switched off
  • Security cameras that withstand significant shocks such as accidents and fire
  • Ongoing criminal record checks for drivers
  • Proper insurance for both passengers and drivers
  • Significant driver training requirements
  • Regular safety checks for vehicles
  • Alarm systems linked to a 24/7 control room providing for quick response
  • Boot release systems

These systems must be checked daily and are subject to independent testing up to three times a year. 

Taxis are also subject to random roadside vehicle checks by government inspectors and, if they are found not to be working, the taxi is taken off the road.

Over the last 12 months, there have been in excess of 2,000 checks carried out by relevant enforcement agencies.

Mr Wakelin-King said that this campaign is critical in ensuring that there is a wide understanding of what is at stake in the debate currently unfolding about unregulated transport systems.