News

Taxi crackdown ends in fines

TWEED Coolangatta Taxis fared poorly at the weekend compared to its Gold Coast counterparts during Queensland Transport's Operation Terminus crackdown on the southern Gold Coast.

A Queensland Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said 12 NSW taxis were issued with eight infringement notices.

This was due to problems ranging from "deficient tyres" to not producing a licence.

"Every NSW taxi driver was issued with a Cross Border Taxi Information sheet outlining their requirements," the spokesperson said.

This was compared to 57 Queensland taxis checked, of which four were found to have only minor defects.

Tweed Coolangatta Taxis general manager Murray Spence said the officers were within their rights to check his cabs.

"Obviously the statistics don't look good for us," he said.

"But I'm quite happy with them doing their jobs."

Mr Spence said he believed his taxis became "tied up in a major blitz" targeting cars towing boats south after the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, among others.

"They've left us alone for six months and I think if it was specifically taxi-oriented they would have been more drummed up on taxi requirements.

"Some of our drivers didn't realise they had to have specific certificates."

He also said drunks and other troublesome patrons could cause problems leading to taxi-drivers being punished by authorities.

"It's amazing the amount of things drunks steal out of taxis.

"They'll steal head rests, mats and drivers really can't scrutinise every person who gets out of taxis," Mr Spence said.

Queensland Transport failed to respond to questions about whether its officers were more closely scrutinising Tweed-Coolangatta Taxis or if NSW taxi regulations were less strict.

Its spokesperson said an inspector's role was to ensure compliance by all vehicles travelling on state roads.

"Transport and Main Roads is obliged to check any vehicle providing a public passenger service in Queensland.

"Inspectors do not travel into NSW to check vehicles."

Infringement notices issued to NSW taxis in Coolangatta at the weekend included:

One major defect issued for deficient tyres (taxi ordered off the road);

One minor defect issued;

One Penalty Infringement Notice issued for major defect (tyres below legal limit);

One Penalty Infringement Notice issued for driver fail to produce licence;

Four follow-up actions for operator failing to ensure licence kept inside the taxi.

Topics:  coolangatta taxi tweed



Is it worth reading?

Research your facts before making a decision on your health.

LIVING NATURALLY: Separating the wheat from the chaff

Commonwealth Games organisers target drug cheats

Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton, GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters, former Queensland premier and GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie, Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills, and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi receive a water cannon salute from firefighters on the Gold Coast airport tarmac on Thursday.

"Athletes that do want to cheat will get caught”

Tweed Coast Tigers new and old celebrate history

TIGER POWER: Tweed Coast Tigers women's coach Katie Patison celebrates her team's first win.

"From day one it was about mates here, not here for a pay cheque”

Local Partners

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

199 home sites approved in Evans Head

The Evans Head Manufactured Home Estate plans. Zoran Architecture.

Manufactured Home estate approved near aerodrome

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Developer tears up couple's contract for new home

Jade and Edward Roberts were stung by the sunset clause on the first day of their honeymoon.

The developer has the right to do this under the sunset clause

Reports of Ibrahim family connections to farm and food hub

John Ibrahimat Bluesfest 2012.

REPORTS circulate colourful Sydney family have investments on the NR