Taxi driver on GPS jamming charge may have fled country

A TAXI driver accused of using an illegal GPS jammer to try to scam extra fares may have fled.  The rogue cabbie, one of two caught with contraband devices in a Melbourne CBD sting, is thought to have left for India before facing court.  Jammers are banned because they interfere with satellite navigation system signals, which are used by aircraft and emergency services.  Cabbies have used them to try to block signals of their car’s location, allowing them to “queue jump” to get fares.  The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Chris Fosten confirmed there had been unsuccessful attempts to serve the driver with a summons.  “We can’t locate him. We strongly suspect he has left the country,” Mr Fosten said.  ACMA is refusing to divulge the man’s name, as it was “still an open investigation”.

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