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



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

NSW Blues all smiles after Murwillumbah visit

Blues star James Maloney was pumped by a community visit to Murwillumbah on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"We can have a significant effect on people”

Siege inquest: Police took too long to act after shooting

DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A panicked hostage runs to tactical response officers after escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.

The coroner is handing down his findings into the Lindt Cafe siege.

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!