published: Oct. 21, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Seat belts save lives and help keep taxi drivers injury free. Belt up .. it could save your life


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published: Oct. 21, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

Runners - taxi driver rights

We are still being told by Police in some areas that if you have a runner it's a civil matter and nothing to do with them. That's wrong and it has been for several years punishable by a $150 infringement or a fine of up to $500 if it goes to court.

The Land Transport Amendment Act 2017 goes even further and the new law provides for infringements of $500 (or $1000 in some cases) for anyone who does not pay a public transport service fare. The relevant reference if needed is:

Section 79M Penalties for failure to pay service fares etc and covers public transport service fares as defined in Section 5 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003, which includes small passenger service vehicles.

The law is quite clear: Failing to pay the fare in a small passenger service vehicle is an offence which the Police have a responsibility to deal with.

Please let the Federation know if you have a problem and we will contact the relevant area commanders to ensure all personnel know about this law. 

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Short trip sting

published: Oct. 11, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

A Police sting at Melbourne Airport has rounded up dozens of taxi drivers for refusing short fares.

Police in plain clothes posed as passengers wanting to go to nearby suburbs. When the drivers refused they were issued tickets and a $396 fine.

Police later said they had many complaints from residents of suburbs near the airport who said they found it hard to get home because taxi drivers refused to take them. Some said they told the drivers they were going somewhere else then when they were on the way gave them their real destination.

The sting also picked up a driver whose licence had been suspended. Other offences included a driver charged with offensive behavior after abusing the plain clothes police officer.

Police said later drivers should be aware there will be more stings and drivers needed to do the right thing.

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TaxiCharge clean and green

published: Oct. 11, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

TaxiCharge has won an award for outstanding performance for its carbon management. The award, within the small organisation category, represented an achievement of at least 20% reduction in absolute emissions or emissions intensity, as a holder of CEMARS or carboNZero certification for at least 6+ years.

The citation said many of TaxiCharge’s projects were focused on reducing the impact associated with travel.

“These projects include prioritizing energy efficiency in company car selection and consolidating meetings to reduce both air and road travel.”

Chief executive Mark Lines and Jasline George, from the accounts department, at the award ceremony at Auckland Museum.

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