Rogue apps used to book taxis can compromise safety

PEOPLE with mental health issues or criminal motives could be driving taxis booked through rogue smartphone apps.

Australian Taxi Industry Association spokesman Benjamin Wash warned that customers could put their personal safety at risk using rogue smartphone apps to book taxis or private hire cars.

He said the industry was stepping up its campaign to protect the public following increased publicity about the third-party smartphone apps, including overseas companies entering the Australian market.

"These apps are outside the system and operate in a legal grey area," he said.

"Anyone can register as a driver and pick up a passenger, including people with mental issues or criminal motives.

"There are no driver checks, no background checks, no accountability and no records.

"You don't even have to drive a real taxi. The implications are scary."



Police uncover 30g of drug inside car in Warwick

Police uncover 30g of drug inside car in Warwick

Man will face two charges in court after being pulled over by police

Bullying epidemic much deeper than one school, parents say

premium_icon Bullying epidemic much deeper than one school, parents say

Reports from parents around the region expose widespread culture.

Rare regal honour bestowed upon Scout

premium_icon Rare regal honour bestowed upon Scout

Warwick teen spent three years working for this prestigious title

Local Partners