Taxi drivers reject claims they’re off the road

CLAIMS that a Gladstone region taxi operator does not operate after 1am are untrue.

Some party-goers in Biloela were irate after not being able to get a fare home in the early hours of the morning, because the taxis had been parked up for the night.

"I can tell you, this is not the case," Biloela Taxis lessee Carol Goldsmith said.

"From Thursday morning until Monday morning, our taxis are available 24 hours a day.

"Trust me, I know, because we drive them."  

Mrs Goldsmith said she and her husband Paul drove the vehicles until late into the night and then their other drivers took over.  

"They are on call until we take over driving again the next day," she said.

"We can work for 12 hours straight, then we get the mandatory four-hour break before getting back behind the wheel again.

"For somebody to claim that we are closed over the weekend is just not true."  

Biloela Taxis operates two vehicles - a car and a mini bus - in the town.  

Mrs Goldsmith, who ran a taxi service at Mission Beach for five years before moving to Biloela five years ago, said running cabs was a difficult task.  

"We can sit around for hours not getting any calls and then get bombarded with people expecting to be picked up immediately.  

"While we'd love to be deliver that service, that quickly, all the time, it is just not practical," Mrs Goldsmith said.  

"The taxi can be busy, or one vehicle could be out of service while one of the drivers is forced to clean the mess up from a drunken customer. It could have been damaged by somebody."   



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