Taxi bosses warn of new app

THE goCatch app might be popular with some people, but the Taxi Council of Queensland is not supporting it.

Council president Max McBride said most of the taxi companies were developing or had developed their own app.

Mr McBride said it was partly a security issue.

"We keep track of where all our cars are at any time," he said. "If some sort of crime has been committed we can tell the police where all our cars were at any given time."

Using the goCatch app put people outside the system, he said.

"If someone uses that app then there is no electronic trail we can give to the police," he said. "That's the main reason the taxi council doesn't support it."

Mr McBride said as far as he was aware anybody could register as a taxi driver using the app.

But there was a rigorous process to becoming a taxi driver, with the government requiring stringent testing and criminal background checks.

"Because the taxi companies are in the process of developing their own apps there is no need to throw away all the services the public has come to need," he said.

Apps developed outside the taxi industry might also have a problem interfacing with the meters, he said.



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