The NSW Taxi Council today welcomed the report handed down by the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure (the Committee) regarding Workplace Relations in the Point to Point Transport Sector.
CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Mr Roy Wakelin-King, said that the Committee’s recommendations reflected the reality of a modern workforce and, if implemented, will help level the playing field between taxis and Uber in this critical area.
“Taxi drivers are self-employed bailees and therefore the regulatory framework for workplace relations needs to properly reflect this reality. The recommendation of the Committee to amend the NSW industrial relations regulations and allow the NSW Taxi Industry to align itself with the workplace arrangements for taxis in other States and Territories is a sensible step forward,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“The current rules in the NSW Industrial Relations Act constrains taxi drivers and operators and do not allow for sensible bailment agreements being reached between the two. The Committee has recognised this and had recommended that the NSW Taxi Industry be given greater flexibility and we call on the NSW Government and Parliament to accept the Committee’s recommendations.
“The NSW Parliament unanimously voted for change to the point to point transport sector and legalised Uber in the process. The NSW Taxi Industry has accepted this decision, but it cannot be exposed to the increased competition with one hand tied behind it back ,which is the effect of the current IR laws in NSW.
Mr Wakelin-King also said that the industry welcomes the Committee’s focus on safety and, in particular, fatigue management.
“The safety of drivers in the workplace is critical, which is why the NSW Taxi Council strongly advocates for proper security cameras in taxis, supported by back-to-base duress alarms and fixed GPS tracking devices.
“We also acknowledged the importance of workers’ compensation insurance to the Committee as, although taxi drivers are self-employed, there needs to be shared responsibility in this area.”