Tasmanian perpetual taxi licence holders crisis

Savings have been seriously affected because of changes made to the Tasmanian government’s system for licensing owner/operator taxis. With the industry now decimated by the State Government decision to close all borders, the Tasmanian taxi industry is unable to cope as drivers and owners rely on the public to use these essential services. The public have been instructed by the Tasmanian State Government to self isolate which leaves taxi plate owners who are in retirement left with virtually no income. This is unacceptable considering it is viewed as an essential service.


Taxi Industry in Financial Crisis in Tasmania

There is no outcome to perpetual taxi licence owners in the midst of this plight who have lost all their income from taxi leases. Owners seek the Tasmanian State and Federal Government to provide financial assistance immediately to the Tasmanian Taxi Industry in light of  Federal Government’s second stimulus package that offered $66 billion worth of measures for coronavirus-hit economy to aid  Australians in financial stress It is no exaggeration to state that taxi plate licence holders/owners with these crippling loses have had their life savings stolen by the Tasmanian Liberal State Government.

There are 428 perpetual taxi licences in Tasmania held by 194 owners.



Seek help for the Tassie Taxi Industry

Mum and Dad Australians who partnered with the Tasmanian State Government by purchasing Tasmanian taxi plate licences as part of their superannuation and retirement plans have been financially and emotionally betrayed by the wanting to drop Owner Operator plate prices. This is real money. Perpetual plate owners deserve complete and adequate compensation as a result of this decision.

Retirees living below the poverty line

We require small business owners who have invested heavily in the Tasmanian taxi industry to obtain a fair return for their long term investments, are now in a financial crisis. This is not Australian. The lack of formal agreement with perpetual plate owners in the business model is unacceptable. Operators do not represent plate owners and to suggest otherwise is a falacious argument.

Forced onto Social Security

The serious unjust process for those owners who have invested in a Tasmanian perpetual taxi licence as their retirement income are now faced with the real prospect of being forced onto social security payments to survive, let alone losing any prospect of transferring their taxi asset to their next of kin.

Transitional Assistance Package Sought in Tasmanian Taxi Industry

Assistance is sought for Perpetual Plate Owners in Tasmania who as mum and dad investors rely on this income for their retirement. This assistance package could be in a form of a optional buyback but to date the State Government, even with Federal Government funding is unwilling to help plate owners during this catastrophe.

The “asset” loss is no fault of mum and dad investors and should not be punished by the Tasmanian Government.

It is now time to have one voice as a one unified group to ensure our investments are not stolen from us by the Tasmanian State Government.

Fair and equitable compensation for Tasmanian perpetual taxi plate owners for losses incurred due to dropping of owner operator licence plate prices .

If you want to try and save the taxi plates, be kept informed, then register on this website and communication will be issued when the appropriate time comes.

We are not beaten AND are working behind the scenes.

Tasmania Taxi Plate Owners Membership is here to stay

What We Want

The Tasmanian State Government has an obligation to provide its community with a SAFE AND VIABLE Taxi Industry.


Fairly rewarded for any financial investments made or held by them, whilst partnering with the Tas State Government.


Taxi Owners need to be fairly rewarded for losses incurred due to the unregulated introduction of ride-share vehicles. Supply is now greater than demand and now the taxi industry is no longer sustainable

Bottom Line

Failure by the Tasmanian Government to provide its community WITH A VIABLE Industry, is nothing less than a FAILURE by it to properly perform its duties and responsibilities to the people of Tasmania. The Tasmanian Taxi industry in Hobart, Launceston and other regions as a whole, has been unfairly treated and discriminated against through bureaucratic treachery as well as the inaction and total disregard demonstrated by the Tasmanian State Government. This has had disastrous financial, mental and physical consequences for perpetual licence-plate taxi owners, operators, drivers and their family members. Perpetual Taxi Owners especially deserve fair compensation. Taxi Owners Group acknowledges the deleterious impact that the changes in the Tasmanian regulations has had on low incomes earned and the value of Perpetual Taxi Licences across Tasmania. There has been a dramatic decrease in the values of Tasmanian Taxi licences across Tasmania and no assistance has been given to Taxi licence owners for the loss of income and asset value in the flooded taxi market in which a Taxi licence operates in. In addition, this group acknowledges that thousands of Taxi Licence Plate Owners are experiencing the virtual expropriation of their assets, which were earned, bought and maintained in good faith (by mums and dads investors) and which have provided the basis for a significant and consistent service to the people of Tasmania over many decades. The lack of any offer of compensation for immediate loss of income is not acceptable by the Tasmanian Government is ill advised. The Tasmanian taxi industry has been placed in a commercial disadvantage, specifically the inequity in CTP insurance, comprehensive insurance and low taxi operator lease licensing fees.

Any call for Tasmanian Government to implement taxi licence buy-back scheme must be in the form of fair and equitable compensation for taxi plate owners.

We must stop the Tasmanian Government of making the same mistake made in other states.

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