The Australian state of Queensland requires that from now on the state’s 3.000 taxis must be fitted with automatic meters “so passengers can have confidence they are paying the correct fare”. According to the first newsletter of the Queensland Taxi Council (www.tcq.org.au) transport minister Scott Emerson stated that automated meters would be compulsory in taxis in a bid to eliminate confusion and overcharging: “The new meters are programmed to automatically apply the correct tariff reflecting the time and day of travel, including public holidays,” he said.
“Taxi drivers will no longer need to manually enter in automated toll charges as they will be applied through GPS technology, providing a more accurate fare calculation. This reduces the chance of drivers deliberately or accidentally setting the meter to an incorrect tariff, resulting in the passenger paying an incorrect fare.”The minister added that a reduction in fare disputes and complaints from passengers would allow drivers to operate in a more secure, positive working environment.
• Queensland: automated meters now compulsory.