Jelal Omar gets ripped off all the time.

The cab driver said a customer jumping out on a fare happens sometimes two or three times a shift.

That’s why he’s happy with council’s decision to allow drivers to ask their customers to prove their ability to pay before they pull into traffic.


“At least now we have the option.

“Before we didn’t have the luxury to ask, so now if I’m going to go on a long fare, I’m going to know I’m getting paid,” he said.

Yesterday council approved a number of changes to the way taxis operate.

The new rules allow cab drivers to place advertisements on the roof and now cabbies who lose their driver’s licence also lose their ownership licence as well.

Plus new ownership licences are will be limited to one per driver.

Council also considered raising rates, but deferred the decision for three months.

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