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22 August, 2021

Taxi passengers need to check in

Taxis, limousines and rideshare vehicles will now be required to display the QR codes allowing passengers to check in as the government moves to close this anomaly in COVID protocols in Queensland.

By Peter McCullagh

PHOTO Cairns Taxis

The Premier said the recent case of a COVID positive taxi driver in Cairns highlighted just why a mandate was so necessary.

“It is vital everyone does their bit to help protect our Queensland lifestyle,” the Premier said.

“The first case in NSW’s spiralling outbreak was a Bondi limousine driver who transported flight crews.

“Extending the reach of the Check In Qld app to taxis, limousines and ride share is purely and simply about safety.

“We expect cases could pop up from time to time and our job is to get onto them as quickly as possible.

“It is a very tough situation at the moment and everything we are doing is to keep Queenslanders safe.”

From August 30, the Queensland Check-in App will be compulsory for the almost 20,000 vehicles throughout Queensland.

Interstate the QR codes have been used in New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT since July.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the taxi, limousine and rideshare industries were supportive of the Check In Qld app.

“Taxi, limousine and rideshare drivers and operators are already taking steps to protect Queenslanders to minimise the spread of COVID-19,” Mr Bailey said.

“Introducing compulsory QR codes is a sensible move to further protect drivers providing an important service for the community, and their customers.

“We thank the industry for their understanding and cooperation as we further enhance Queensland’s contact tracing capability.”

Since the introduction of the QLD Check-in app, more than 304 million check-ins at almost 185,000 businesses and locations across Queensland.

Data collected via the free and contactless Check-In Qld is stored securely for 56 days and is only accessed for contact tracing purposes. 

For more information and to register for Check-In Qld, visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld


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