Local cab driver Leanne Jensen is cracking down on taxi fare evasion.
Local cab driver Leanne Jensen is cracking down on taxi fare evasion. Christopher Chan

Gladstone cabbies turn to police to catch fare dodgers

WHILE a drunken man's words are a sober man's thoughts, a drunken man's actions are more often those of an idiot.

And Gladstone cabbies have had enough.

People caught dodging fares will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, according to Blue and White Taxis chairman Allan Rowe.

"It's very important for my drivers; if they go to work they expect to be paid and anyone who wants to jump fares will be prosecuted," Mr Rowe said.

The timely message came as two men were charged for fare evasion in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

While the paltry sum of $12.20 in cab fares was requested, $100 damages were also sought after a drink was spilt in the back seat and the two men ran off without paying.

The men were fined more than $650 between them as a result of the offences.

Mr Rowe said it was simply unacceptable to run from a cab fare.

"If a person is prepared to hire a taxi then they must be prepared to pay for it," he said.

"I've got no problems getting our drivers to go to the police if people are evading fares. We've got security cameras in our taxis and Gladstone's not that big a place."

Mr Rowe said it was unfair on many of his drivers who worked solely on a commission basis.



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