19 Feb '14, 10pm

Rape by fake taxi driver leads to new warning of unsafe smartphone taxi apps

Queensland’s Taxi Council (TCQ) says an increase in sexual assaults by fake taxi drivers across the UK should “sound the alarm” to Queenslanders who use unregulated smartphone apps to book cabs. TCQ has renewed its warning to use only smartphone taxi booking apps from regulated taxi booking companies. The warning comes after a woman in the UK was raped by a man posing as a taxi driver this week, and follows the revelation from state transport minister Scott Emerson that there were people in Queensland trying to operate unauthorised taxi services. TCQ chief executive officer Benjamin Wash said the combination of illegal taxi operators and unaccountable smartphone apps created a potentially dangerous situation. “Unregulated taxi apps assist illegal operators because some allow anyone to register as a driver. We know this for a fact because we’ve tested them. “Anyone can ente...

Full article: http://www.tcq.org.au/news/rape-fake-taxi-driver-leads-ne...

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