Rideshare drivers say action needed for driver safety

February 14, 2023
An in-car camera which some rideshare drivers are installing for safety
An in-car camera which some rideshare drivers are installing for safety. Image: Green Left

Rideshare drivers called for action on February 13 after Uber driver Scott Cabrie was killed in Queensland, allegedly by a passenger. The Rideshare Driver's Network (RDN) said more attention was needed to ensure drivers and passengers’ safety.

RDN said drivers have their driving history and criminal record checks, as well as having to undergo facial recognition technology to confirm their identity. But passengers are not screened.

Some Queensland drivers have been penalised, with fines of up to $5750, for installing in-car cameras.

“Everyday in Australia, rideshare drivers working for Uber, Ola, DiDi and others work hard to make sure the public gets to their destination efficiently and safely,” RDN said. “But safety is a two-way street. There is no means for drivers to report threatening behaviour by passengers that will provide them with an immediate response or protection.”

RDN said rideshare companies failed to follow up on bad passenger behaviour, while reports on drivers are addressed.

It said Cabrie’s murder of is “an example of the lack of care” by rideshare companies and the Queensland government.

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