What does this really mean for Tasmanian perpetual taxi licence holders?
The Tasmanian Government has released a draft Bill to give effect to changes to the on-demand passenger transport sector.
The framework takes into account the feedback received during the consultation period in late 2018.
While there was overwhelming support by the taxi industry for Option 2 in relation to the issue of new owner-operator taxi licences, there were some concerns about reducing the taxi areas at year three. Because of this the Government has amended Option 2 to include the following features
suspend the issue of new owner-operator taxi licences for five years
make sure there are enough taxis in areas with no ride-sourcing or too few taxis, and
no change to the number of taxi areas.
The Government has also decided that the Economic Regulator will be responsible for determining the reserve price of new owner-operator taxi licences. However, for years 1-5 the value can be no less than 90 per cent of the previous year.
The attached table summarises the new framework. Where there have been changes to what was proposed in the draft framework, these are highlighted in bold.
Further information, including a copy of the draft Bill, is available on the State Growth website: www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/taxireview
You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Bill. Submissions must be received by 21 February 2020 and made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Commissioner for Transport
GPO Box 536
Hobart TAS 7001
Please contact the Department with any questions in relation to the framework by return email.
THVI Review team
You can have your say by email at email@example.com or by phoning the Department of State Growth on 03-6166 3278. Submissions close Friday 21 February 2020.
See Hyperlinks Below
- Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Regulatory Review – Transport Tasmania
- Summary of new framework
Southern office – Hobart
4 Salamanca Place Hobart, TAS 7000 Australia
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Phone: 1800 030 688