June 21, 2013

Carroll Listens To Local Taxi Concerns

State Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll MP today met with concerned taxi licence holders and their spouses to discuss the Napthine Government’s reforms to the industry.

Mr Carroll took the step to hear directly from the licence holders who would be affected.

“Many licence holders feel their concerns have not been acknowledged by the Napthine Government in this process,” he said.

Mr Carroll said he endorsed reform to the taxi industry such as halving electronic payment fees, better pay and conditions for drivers and a new independent local knowledge test for taxi drivers.

However he was concerned about the impact that the opening up of licences could have on current licence holders and their capital value, particularly for licence holders who have committed their life’s work to the industry.

“It is vital that reforms to the taxi industry are balanced and respect the years of hard work that many in the industry have done,” he said.

Mr Carroll last week put the concerns of local licence holders directly to the incoming chair of the Taxi Services Commission Mr Graeme Samuel in a meeting at Parliament House.

He said he believed Mr Samuel’s appointment was a good one and that Mr Samuel understood concerns felt by industry.  

Mr Carroll has committed to a follow up meeting with concerned taxi licence holders in September following implementation of the taxi industry reforms in order to ascertain what impact there has been for both taxi drivers and taxi licence holders.