Notice for NSW taxi licence holders
Applications for the $20,000 transitional assistance payments for eligible taxi licence holders remains open. Information on the criteria for separately assessed hardship cases is yet to be finalised, with details expected by the end of November 2016. View the latest information on the Transport for NSW Point to Point Transport section here.
The industry adjustment assistance package includes transitional assistance of $20,000 per eligible ordinary transferable licence, for up to two licences. This is for taxi licence holders who held a licence before 1 July 2015 – and continue to hold that licence up until payment of the transitional assistance – to help adjust to a more competitive market, and to offset a reduction in income.
TfNSW Point to Point Transport Reform Contacts: 1300 767 923 / firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a licence holder wishing to book an appointment with a Business Advisor in your local area, you are encouraged to call: 1300 661 539.
On 8 July 2016, the NSW Government released regulations to facilitate the payment of transitional assistance funds to eligible NSW taxi licence holders.
On 22 June 2016, the Point to Point Transport (Taxi & Hire Vehicle) Bill, 2016 passed the NSW Parliament.
The next steps involve setting up the Compensation Panel (of which the NSW Taxi Council is a member) and getting the first round of compensation payments sent to members. The Bill is also just the next stage in the reform process.
The following key issues remain to be resolved:
· CTP Insurance reform
· Workplace relations reform
· The development and implementation of the supporting regulations
· Development of new policy and procedures for member networks
The NSW Taxi Council is continuing to press for these matters to be finalised quickly so that the level playing field can be properly established.
POINT TO POINT TRANSPORT REFORM – DRAFT LEGISLATION
The NSW Taxi Council notes the NSW Government’s introduction of draft legislation on point to point transport reform, with details now available on the Parliament of NSW website.
The bill was tabled on Thursday 2 June 2016 and will be debated in NSW Parliament in coming weeks.
The NSW Government announced its decision to reform the Point to Point Transport Sector, including taxis, hire cars, tourist vehicles, communicty transport and rideshare services on 17 December 2015.
The NSW Taxi Council reiterates that it is continuing to meet regularly with the NSW Government to ensure that the overall structural adjustment package is adequate and that there is a genuine level playing field between taxis and private hire vehicles, including Uber.
We will not be talking our industry down, as we firmly believe that we will come through this and continue to be an industry that has strength and opportunity. These are not cheap words; this is the conviction of the NSW Taxi Industry leadership group and we are committed to this cause.
|Customer service is of utmost importance for all Point to Point transport throughout NSW|
We encourage people to view official, up-to-date information from the NSW Government’s Point to Point reform page.
- Rank and hail preserved for taxis
- No new taxi licences in Sydney for at least 4 years – limits exclude Sydney
- Reduced regulatory costs
- Removing of burdensome regulations
- $254 million as part of a compensation package
- NSW Taxi Council to play a key role in representing the industry and communicating key elements of the reforms
Support is available for small businesses affected by the reforms to the regulation of point to point transport services in NSW. View the point to point support package details here.
- Taxi industry sustainability – metro and country areas
- Adequate compensation and reasonable returns on investments / hours on the road
- Equitable reform – eg CTP insurance, industrial relations, competition laws, etc
- Proper compliance and regulation/enforcement
- Fair go in respect of competition (eg universal app ihail being allowed to market)
Daily Telegraph Article – 2 March 2016: CTP insurance reforms to cut the costs of greenslips
Some other key links include:
|Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Drivers at Festival of all Abilities Festival, Sydney Olympic Park|
Additional Information From Transport for NSW
The NSW Point to Point Transport Taskforce Discussion Paper was released on Friday 28 August 2015. Submissions were required by 25 September 2015.
As previously highlighted, the NSW Government has asked the taskforce panel for a report by the end of October 2015.
The NSW Taxi Council has made a detailed submission accordingly and has engaged with various stakeholders as part of this process.
***THE SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS NOW CLOSED***
How do I make a submission?
Alternatively, submissions may be:
Emailed to: email@example.com
Faxed to: 02 8265 6480
Mailed to: Secretariat, Regulation of Point to Point Transport Level 7, 12 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000
Submissions should be made no later than 25 September 2015. The taskforce will consider submissions received after the published deadline at its discretion.
There is no standard format for submissions. All submissions should address the matters covered in the discussion paper and the taskforce terms of reference.
The NSW Minister for Transport, the Hon Andrew Constance, has announced a review into the point to point transport sector in NSW.
The review will be headed up by Professor Gary Sturgess, AM and supported by Mr Tom Parry AM. It will be conducted over the next four months and the Minister has asked for a report to be provided to him by October 2015.
The NSW TIA and NSW Taxi Council support the decision of the NSW Government to carry out a review of the Point to Point transport industry. The NSW TIA and NSW Taxi Council believe it is important to shine a light on the many issues affecting the NSW Taxi Industry and that includes the challenges being presented by illegal ridesharing.
For too long there has been a very uneven playing field and this review represents an important opportunity to redress this inequity.
It is also a good opportunity for the NSW Taxi Industry to bring forward the important reforms it has been working on and advocating for over a number of years. These initiatives have real customer benefits and will be highlighted during the review process.
View the www.pointtopointtransport.nsw.gov.au/ page here for more information.
Members: Log in and visit: Members > Governance for more information about the NSW Taxi Industry Association Briefing on 10 August.