Taxi drivers want local courtesy buses to step into line
OWNERS of Roma Cabs, George and Jenny Noble, have joined forces with their state industry body in a bid to save their slowing business.
Taxi Council Queensland are calling for more to be done to protect rural cab companies being frozen out by courtesy buses.
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Mr Noble said the couple wanted the buses to be required to comply with the same high standards as taxis.
He said many buses, operated by local pubs, clubs, motels and community groups, were operating illegally by taking patrons to multiple venues for cheap.
"If there's a big event on, courtesy buses are going out there to pick them up and take them to the pub," Mr Noble said.
Mrs Noble said courtesy buses needed to be monitored to ensure safety.
"If they're providing transport, they should be under the same banner we are," she said.
The couple have installed dash cams in some of their vehicles to gather evidence of misuse and have made multiple complaints to The Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Taxi Council CEO Benjamin Wash said rural taxis suffer more than their city counterparts because of the higher cost of running a car in a regional area and called upon rural taxi operators to work together.
"I say to them, gather evidence to present to the Transport Office which could then take it forward on compliance," Mr Wash said.