The NSW Taxi Council has welcomed the appointments of the NSW Government Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, and the Opposition Shadow Spokesperson for Transport, Ryan Park.
As an apolitical organisation, the NSW Taxi Council remains committed to working with all political parties to help ensure a strong and viable taxi industry providing quality, customer-focused services for the people of NSW.
The NSW Taxi Council’s key policy objectives were released in March 2015, with a focus on meeting the needs of providing equitable and customer-focussed services which cater for all members of the community, including the State’s millions of visitors each year.
The CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Roy Wakelin-King, said that the NSW Taxi Council looked forward to working with all elected parliamentarians.
“Given the wide reach of the NSW Taxi Industry, there are very few electorates that don’t provide taxi services,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“Over 30,000 families all across NSW are directly involved in providing taxi services to the State and it is important that we work with the Government and all political parties to assist policymakers understand the reach of our industry and the value that we bring.
“Deloitte Access Economics valued our economic and social contribution to NSW at over $1.5 billion per year and we hope that we can continue to build on this into the future through the development of sound policy through constructive engagement”.
The NSW Taxi Council also acknowledged the substantial contribution to the transport portfolio of the former Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, and also that of former Shadow Spokesperson Penny Sharpe.
“A lot has happened in the transport portfolio since the last election and credit should be provided where it’s due,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“There are, however, many challenges and opportunities facing the NSW Taxi industry and we need to work with the Government and opposition to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved for customers and industry alike.
“The issue of illegal ridesharing and the critical viability issues in country NSW are two major issues that need priority attention.”
Mr Wakelin-King also highlighted that the NSW Taxi Industry will be bringing forward new initiatives and is looking forward to working with the Government and Opposition on these developments that will bring great benefits to customers.