The NSW Taxi Council acknowledges the passing of the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Bill 2016 in the NSW Parliament overnight.
CEO of the NSW Taxi Council Roy Wakelin-King said the passing of the bill was an important step toward achieving a level playing field for all point to point transport providers throughout NSW, but there remains a lot more work to be done.
“The NSW Taxi Council has always respected the will of the Parliament, and we will work constructively with all relevant parties to implement these changes, however this is just one of a number of steps in the reform process,” he said.
“Whilst we are disappointed that the Parliament did not set a greater level of compensation for those many thousands of small taxi businesses that have been significantly impacted by the changes, we welcome the commitment by Government to review the adjustment package in 12 months’ time to see if it has been adequate or not.
“We will continue to strongly advocate for the best possible outcome in this area; one that is fair and equitable and recognises the substantial loss that has occurred in our industry.”
The focus now turns to the development and implementation of supporting regulations, the establishment of the Compensation Panel for plate owners and the formation of a new point to point transport regulator.
It is also critical that reforms for Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance and Workplace Relations are addressed as quickly as possible, as these issues are outside this legislative framework and remain unresolved.
“We thank the Government for its commitment to date in seeking a resolution to CTP and Workplace Relations reform, however it is absolutely paramount that these issues are resolved quickly to ensure that there is a genuine level playing field for taxis in order to fairly compete into the future,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“Critical to this new environment is ensuring that the NSW Taxi Industry continues to build on its services and take advantage of the many opportunities that lay ahead.
“Whilst this has had a big impact on us, we are not sitting on our hands. We are a good service-based industry and we are working hard to grow market share. We are not going to sit idly by and let events overtake themselves. We are very committed to growing patronage through safe, quality and affordable taxi services.
“In coming weeks, the NSW Taxi Council will again be travelling around NSW to meet with its many members and industry representatives to explain new regulatory requirements and hear directly from members.”