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.