A 21-year-old Perth woman on her way home from a night out with friends was picked up in early hours of Sunday morning by a driver who appeared to not be wearing trousers. Jessie Gravett booked a taxi using the Swan Taxis App at about 12.30am from a North Perth house and was shocked to discover the driver was apparently not wearing pants. Ms Gravett then captured photos of the man on her phone. He was also barefoot and his driver identification was allegedly hidden from view.
"There is possibly a legitimate reason for the lack of pants but I would think he would stop driving and be a professional about it. Not pick girls up," she said. "I didn't take much notice of the driver when I got in, just shut the door and confirmed my drop off address in Spearwood, 35 minutes away. I immediately messaged my friends so they could keep tabs on me. I didn't want to draw attention to his lack of pants because I was unsure how he would react. I was very uncomfortable.
"I put my keys between my fingers and unzipped my sharp studded boots because I wasn't sure what his intentions were and I wanted to be prepared in case I needed to defend myself." After arriving home safely she lodged a formally complaint and has submitted a statement to the Department of Transport. "When I called they [Swan Taxis] said he had someone else in the car already for another job so at least they had track of him," she added.
When questioned about the incident Swan Taxis director Kevin Foley said the issue was now being investigated by the Department of Transport. The driver has told his superiors he was wearing shorts. According to the official taxi driver code of conduct distributed by the Department of Transport, a driver can be fined $200 for failing to wear regulation uniform, which must be "clean and in good repair" and must "wear the approved uniform in a neat and tidy manner".