Shebah drives home safety for women

NEWS of a taxi driver jailed for sexual assault in Toowoomba on Monday comes as no surprise to Shebah drivers Amanda O’Hara and Linda Ash.

During their time working for the women and children’s only rideshare, the pair have heard numerous stories involving lecherous drivers.

“For every one of those stories there are 20 you don’t hear about. Nearly every woman has one,” Ms O’Hara said.

Ms Ash said she often heard about verbal harassment, but some of the more sinister stories involved drivers staking out passengers’ homes.

“It can happen at any time. It’s not only physical, it’s also the inappropriate comments,” Ms Ash said

“The more we hear, the more we realise how much of a necessity this service is.

“It helps give women peace of mind.”

Shebah has been operating in Toowoomba for a year and is slowly gaining traction.

It is popular with parents, who use the service to get their children to school. All Shebah drivers are required to have a blue card and carry a child seat.

“We are busy in the mornings during the school run,” Ms Ash said.

“There’s a need there. With all the new areas developing, some don’t have school buses servicing them.

“I’ve got about two or three regular (passengers), but there are others that book at the same time. We are always on the look out for new drivers.”

Those interested should contact Shebah head office on 03 8640 9954. The service is available as a phone app.


UNPRECEDENTED FIRE DANGER: 'The rainforest is burning'

UNPRECEDENTED FIRE DANGER: 'The rainforest is burning'

Hundreds of firefighters are working to contain fires

Thrills and spills and poetical skills at Bangalow show

Thrills and spills and poetical skills at Bangalow show

Who will win the camp drafting, burger eating and tart of the show?

Fireys chilling warning: Tuesday will see lives at risk

Fireys chilling warning: Tuesday will see lives at risk

‘Lives will be at risk’: Rural Fire Service