New laws mandate automated meters for QLD Taxis

MORE than 3000 taxis across the state will require automated meters to be fitted so passengers can have confidence they are paying the correct fare.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said from today 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."

Mr Emerson said a reduction in fare disputes and complaints from passengers would allow drivers to operate in a more secure, positive working environment.

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