Posted November 09, 2019 18:36:37 Taxi drivers are often the most visible part of the taxi industry, with the industry often viewed as a lucrative source of income for those who drive them.
Taxi drivers are also one of the most vulnerable people in the taxi service industry, often being held hostage by unscrupulous owners and operators.
Some of the worst offenders are the operators who use the drivers as “human shields” and “taxi brokers”, who recruit the drivers to work for them without the drivers’ knowledge or consent.
They then force the drivers into illegal “cab fare” arrangements and make them “passengers” to make their money.
There are now more than 70,000 taxi drivers across the country, making up one of Australia’s fastest growing industries.
However, a series of new reports have shown the exploitation of drivers, with many of the drivers reporting harassment and physical violence.
One taxi driver in Sydney’s CBD, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC News he was one of many drivers who were abused.
“I think it’s just a business model that’s out of control,” he said.
He said that he had been working as a taxi driver for eight years and had been repeatedly harassed by the owner of a “taxie broker” in the CBD, and had had to make an illegal “taxis” pass on his fare to pay for a taxi.
The owner would then pass on the fare to his driver, who would take the fare, take the taxi to the next “taxo” and then get paid.
In one case, the owner had taken out a “fees” loan and demanded that the driver repay the money, which the driver refused to do.
It was only when the driver was in tears and “acting like a zombie” that the owner left the scene.
Despite the assaults, the driver has remained a “passenger” for many years.
Another driver, whose name has been withheld because he feared retribution, told the ABC he had worked as a cab driver for 17 years.
“I’ve been in the business for 18 years,” he told the news outlet.
During this time, he said he has been subjected to harassment by other drivers, who threatened to break his driver’s ribs if he did not pay off the loan and then demanded he “go to the police”.
The driver said he was not paid, despite his being in the same profession as the “taxicab broker”.
“If I had to go to the Police I would, I’d go to jail for what they’re doing,” he explained.
Many drivers are now in tears over the abuse they have been subjected, and many of them are now calling on the government to introduce tougher laws to tackle the abuse.
But the industry remains largely unregulated and drivers are underfunded, according to the ABC.
Taxis and taxi services are largely unregulated in Australia, despite a recent crackdown by the ABC on the industry.
A recent report by the Australian Taxi Association said the industry was only worth $1.8 billion a year, and it was facing a shortfall of $20 million in funding over the next 12 months.
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