Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Taxis Public Transport Melbourne Taxi Drivers 10% Charged with Criminal Offence Community Safety Herald Sun July 3rd 2014


Almost 10 per cent of the state’s Taxi drivers have been charged with a criminal ­offence since the Coalition Government introduced checks of taxi driver criminal records in June 2011.


And 49 drivers have been charged with the most ­serious category one offences, for which a cabbie’s licence is automatically suspended.



Alarming number of Melbourne taxi drivers charged with serious crimes




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MORE than 1300 Victorian taxi drivers have been charged with crimes in the past three years, including murder, ­attempted murder, rape and culpable driving causing death.
Almost 10 per cent of the state’s drivers have been charged with a criminal ­offence since the Coalition Government introduced checks of taxi driver criminal records in June 2011.
And 49 drivers have been charged with the most ­serious category one offences, for which a cabbie’s licence is automatically suspended.
One driver was charged with murder, and two with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious injury.
Nineteen drivers were charged with threats to kill. Disturbingly for passengers, two have been charged with culpable driving causing death.
Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the findings showed that the checks were working.
“The Napthine Government is taking these rogues and criminals off our roads.
“Passenger safety is a priority for this Government and we make no excuses for taking a hard line on drivers who simply should not be in a position of trust and responsibility with passengers,” he said.
Sexual offences are shockingly well represented in the cabbie crime spree.
Ten drivers have been charged with rape, four with an indecent with, or in the presence of a child under 16, another four with an indecent act with a child under 16 or the sexual penetration of a child.
Two drivers have also been charged with child pornography offences.
Other crimes for which cabbies have been charged in the past 29 months include heroin trafficking, possessing, cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis, possession of cannabis, and ecstasy.
One driver has was charged with 705 counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
Category One offences, for which the drivers are automatically suspended include murder, serious sex crimes including child pornography, making threats to kill and culpable driving causing death
Category Two offences include manslaughter, aggravated burglary, indecent assault and kidnapping, while Category Three offences criminal damage conduct endangering life, escaping from lawful custody, driving while disqualified or suspended and careless driving.
Ongoing weekly criminal data checking, provides the Taxi Services Commission with the names of taxi drives charged or convicted of a criminal offence in the previous eight days.
Since it was introduced in June 2011, 1323 drivers have been charged or convicted of a criminal offence out of 15,000 active accredited drivers who are regularly checked.
There were 104 charges laid for One hundred and four drivers have been charged with Category One offences and had their licences suspended, with 27 later cancelled.
Of the 376 charged with Category Two offences, five have had their licences suspended, one suspended with conditions and five had their licences cancelled.
Of the 1093 charged with Category Three offences, seven drivers have had their licences suspended and one cancelled.
james.campbell@news.com.au
Some 1300 cabbies have been charged in the last three years.
Some 1300 cabbies have been charged in the last three years.
Originally published as Criminals in our cabbie ranks
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