Taxi drivers fed up with rowdy riders

ROCKHAMPTON taxi driv- ers are fed up with the in- creasingly digusting, abu- sive behaviour of weekend partygoers.

Many feel the justice system is not doing enough to curb the problem.

"When is enough going to be enough,'' said Rocky Cabs driver Lyal Powell who regularly deals with problem fares.

"We need more coppers out there responding to our problems.''

These remarks came after one of his fellow cab drivers, who did not want to be named, was abused by six partygoers last Saturday night.

The individuals urinated on the Maxi-taxi floor, spat on the windows, cursed at the driver and disengaged the spare tyre, which could have caused a serious acci- dent, Mr Powell said.

"Police often catch these people, but they only receive a slap on the wrist,'' he said.

And because of the dam- age caused to the vehicle, the driver lost a whole night's work or about $400 worth of pay.

"I had to take it off the road to get it cleaned up,'' the driver said.

The Rocky Cabs driver has been driving taxis for nine years and said this last incident had made him re- think his job.

"We just put up with too much abuse,'' he said.

And Mr Powell agrees.

He said when there were problem situations, police often did not respond or took too long to arrive on scene.

Police officer Rowan Bond, said police officers regularly patrolled taxi waiting areas, but once cab- bies picked up a ride there was little they could do.



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