The Point to Point Transport Commissioner’s on-street compliance team will be out in full force for the RNB Fridays Live concert at the Sydney Showground 12 November 2022.
Since the beginning of October, the compliance team has been out on-street to deter drivers providing rank and hail services from failing to use the meter, fare refusal and other offences, at taxi ranks at major events around Metro NSW.
Commissioner, Anthony Wing noted the increased compliance presence at major events was having an impact, “the presence of my compliance team at a number of major events in Sydney and throughout NSW is helping to deter illegal and unsafe driver behaviour at these locations”.
Drivers must use the taxi meter during a rank and hail trip, and under no circumstance can a driver negotiate or demand a fare that is different to the metered fare (with exception to tolls where applicable) or refuse a fare. A fine of $300 applies for failure to use the meter.
“My compliance team of Authorised Officers continue to have a visible presence at targeted locations throughout NSW. Since the start of October, they have inspected more than 600 vehicles (taxis, hire car and rideshare).” Mr Wing said.
As well as helping to deter illegal and unsafe driver behaviour, the increased compliance presence at major events led to the issuing of 95 fines, 16 Improvement notices and 3 Prohibition notices with failing to display a retroreflective sign, and driver failing to ensure driver identification is displayed being the most common findings. Major events included the Bruno Mars concerts at Moore Park, Everest Cup, Stakes Day, and Melbourne Cup Day at Randwick Races, plus The Golden Eagle Cup at Rosehill Races.
“The safety of drivers and passengers will always be my absolute priority and any instance where drivers are not following the law is unacceptable. As we go into the festive period we will be continuing to be out in force” Mr Wing finished.