Gold Coast cabbies risking car insurance claims
Taxi drivers along the Gold Coast may be risking a claim on their car insurance policies by spending too long behind the wheel.
An investigation by the Department of Transport and Main Roads is underway following claims that some drivers work for as long as 28 hours at a time, reports the Courier Mail.
Rose Kent, director of taxis, standards and regulations, commented: "Drivers and operators who are found to have circumvented fatigue management requirements put in place by the booking company may have action taken against them."
She observed that those who continue to work for longer than they are permitted are "ignoring their own responsibilities".
As two drivers have died in crashes in the last three months – with police citing fatigue as a potential cause – this may suggest that the motorists are increasing the likelihood that they will need to claim on their car insurance policies.
This comes after police in Victoria asserted that dangerous drivers are often repeat offenders, but that a crackdown is being undertaken in the region to deal with this threat.