“PAYBACK” and “an abuse of power” are how taxi drivers are describing the extraordinary actions of a police officer who fined a cabbie $100 for not pulling up his socks.
“That’s just ridiculous, just crazy,” Cab Drivers’ Association of Queensland member Paul Henderson said.
“In 18 years that’s the first time I’ve heard of it . . . it creates animosity between drivers and police even further.”
CDAC secretary Lee Sims slammed the fine as “an intimidation just to get even” and “an abuse of power”.
Mr Sims, who has been critical of Queensland Transport’s management of the taxi industry, questioned whether police had the authority to issue the fine and its permissibility in court.
He said it was the first time he had heard of such a “petty” notice but conceded drivers by law had to be “neatly dressed” – an area open to interpretation.
The driver advocate said a recent government blitz on Brisbane drivers resulted in cabbies copping $400 fines for not having a 2009 version of a street directory, or for allowing a car’s window tinting to peel.
The Courier-Mail yesterday obtained the ticket issued last month to taxi driver Kidd Moors in which the officer claimed the offence was: “Failed to dress neatly”. He identified the evidence as “WHT/runners, short running socks”.
Queensland Police Service yesterday was unable to respond in time to this newspaper’s questions about the harshness of the fine or the frequency such fines were handed out.