In the Courts
In early March, two drivers were prosecuted under the point to point transport law. Both drivers were found guilty and fined for failing to display their driver identification. One of the drivers was also found guilty of being available and waiting for a fare on George St, Sydney in a zone which was not a taxi zone.
Service providers and drivers are reminded that taxi drivers must be provided with a driver identity document in the form of a card, or electronic document, that contains a photograph of the driver and the service provider’s identification number. Drivers must display the ID so it is visible to all passengers.
On street compliance
Throughout February and March, the Point to Point Transport Commissioner’s Compliance team conducted on street investigations in regional and metropolitan locations such as Dubbo, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Nowra and Sydney Airport. While it is important to note the majority of vehicles inspected during the compliance activities were compliant and following good practice, a number of improvement notices were issued in areas such as non-compliant security cameras, improper use of fare calculation device and inaccurate signage.
Safety is the highest priority of the Point to Point Transport Commissioner so audits, advisory visits and on street investigations are regularly conducted around the state. This ensures drivers and service providers, including affiliate providers, understand their safety obligations.
For more information on compliance and your requirements, refer to the Point to Point Transport Commissioner website.