Cab drivers fed up with violence
TAXI drivers are so fed up with youth violence at the Capricorn Coast, some are boycotting jobs at Emu Park.
Speaking at a liquor industry forum on Tuesday, Capricorn Cabs shareholder Ron Ware said his drivers were having significant problems with Emu Park youngsters and avoided going there “at all costs”.
He even went as far as to suggest that anyone banned from attending licensed venues at the Capricorn Coast – 58 people – also be denied service by the company.
He wants to put this motion to company directors.
Mr Ware, who owns three cabs, told the Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord meeting that two of his drivers had resigned because of ongoing problems with violence.
“They (customers) have punch-ups inside the cabs. I’ve had seats slashed and blood all over one of my cabs.
“I’m sick of the violence. We have no protection.”
Mr Ware said the only security measure was cameras inside cabs but when drivers refused entry or ejected passengers they risked their personal safety.
The Morning Bulletin understands coast-based cabbies have also started charging young people and known troublemakers in advance to avoid fare evasions.
Capricorn Cabs director Cindy Denning said while there were a “certain number of young people” from Emu Park who created trouble, the issue was not specific to the town.
She said the problem was “across the board”.
“There are also people from Yeppoon and all over the coast; it is not specific to Emu Park. There are other young people with the same attitudes,” she said.
The company was in negotiations with council and was planning to submit a report to improve the safety of taxi ranks.