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Taxi companies' abuse of power over drivers

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

L Sims
Unit 1
7 Bowen Street

Total Signatures - 29

Sponsoring Member: Peter Wellington MP

Posting Date: 23/03/2010

Tabled Date: 23/03/2010

Responded By: Hon Rachel Nolan MP on 22/04/2010

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the fact that fair and just treatment, taken for granted by other Queensland industries, is being denied to Queensland taxi bailee drivers, by common practices of taxi dispatch companies, whereby the companies deny access to their dispatch system, known as the ability to log on, as a means of exerting control of drivers. Taxi companies have exclusive ability to operate in defined service areas and as it is a legal requirement of a taxi driver to be logged on to the system in order to ply for hire this power by default is often abused.Your petitioners therefore, request the House to pass legislation which prevents any taxi dispatch company from restricting any legitimate holder of a Queensland Transport issued authority to drive a taxi, known as a DA, from accessing any taxi company's dispatch system, without the permission of Queensland Transport and that permission may only be given after the holder has been found guilty of an offence under Queensland Transport regulations and that all other disputes be resolved by an independent tribunal appointed by the Queensland government for that purpose.