SOME elderly residents reliant on taxis are worried about travelling to vital appointments, with concerns about long wait times during the hottest months of the year.
One elderly local - who surrendered her license this year - said she was had waited more than an hour for a taxi in November after a dentist appointment at Redland Bay before giving up and taking a ride home offered by a dental assistant.
"(On) Thursday another resident was put in the same position and ended up phoning the facility for someone to come and get her," she said.
She said she was concerned about the elderly or people with health problems, especially during the hot summer months.
"I am at a stage now where it frightens me to think of taxis as I might have great difficulty to get home," she said.
"No wonder Uber is becoming popular."
A 13Cabs spokesman said the company had a fleet of rostered vehicles that stayed in the Redlands to service the local community but the area could be busy at times.
"We regularly undertake reviews to ensure we have enough vehicles to service the area. A review of the number of roster (vehicles) in the area will be undertaken shortly," the spokesman said.
It came as Taxi Council Queensland urged the state government to hold booked-hire platforms more accountable for the safety of passengers and drivers after London's transport regulator stripped Uber of its license in November.
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