- An LNP Government will appoint an independent Personalised Transport Commissioner to ensure the taxi and rideshare industry is safe and fair
- The LNP has worked closely with Taxi Council Queensland and rideshare operators to ensure there is a level playing field for passengers, drivers and taxi owners
- The LNP will remove red-tape to benefit passengers by easing the pressure on fares
The Liberal National Party will restore confidence to the personalised transport industry and ensure a level playing field for taxi and ridesharing operators.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Government had botched the introduction of ridesharing services leaving thousands of taxi owners and operators angry, frustrated and out of pocket.
Launching the LNP’s personalised transport policy for the next election, Mr Nicholls said an LNP Government would appoint an independent Commissioner to ensure Queensland had a safe and fair taxi and rideshare industry.
“We have listened to both the taxi industry and rideshare operators, we have come up with a workable plan and, if elected, we will act to level the playing field,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The LNP will treat drivers, owners and operators with respect as we try and repair the damage caused by this Labor Government.
“We have to ensure safe transport for passengers and drivers in all personalised transport while also sensibly removing red-tape for taxis to benefit passengers by easing the pressure on fares.
“The independent commissioner will be an industry voice in government and will restore certainty and stability.
“The commissioner will act as an ombudsman for the industry and a source of independent advice for the Minister and will be responsible for recommending safety requirements including CTP insurance, safety cameras, vehicle identification, licencing and registration.”
Mr Nicholls said the LNP promised the industry at a number of Community Forums last month that it would act swiftly, give passengers, drivers and owners a voice and fix up Labor’s mess.
“A disappointing hallmark of Labor’s changes has been the uncertainty and unfair treatment of taxi licence owners and operators,” she said.
“We experienced that anger first-hand at Community Forums last month and we gave those who attended a commitment that we would act.
“To ensure industry voices are always heard by the government, the LNP will also establish a Personalised Transport Ministerial Council, consisting of the Minister, commissioner and industry.
“This will give industry a real opportunity to raise issues with the Minister and contribute to the future direction of policy.”
LNP Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said the LNP had listened and worked closely with Taxi Council Queensland and rideshare operators to ensure there was a level playing field for drivers and owners.
“Labor’s changes were kneejerk policy and weren’t well thought through,” she said.
“Without the LNP’s intervention we could have cars on the road pretending to be taxis – putting passengers at risk.
“The LNP also moved to remove Labor’s unfair compensation cap after shaming Labor into bringing forward the industry payments.
“The LNP is committed to leading a government that is better for Queensland. More government isn’t the answer to our problems – better government is.
“We will be a common sense government that listens, plans and acts to build a better Queensland.”
The independent Personalised Transport Commissioner will:
- be responsible for the licensing and registration of vehicles, drivers and operators within the personalised transport industry and ensure proper affiliation and co-ordination between these parties
- liaise closely with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) to set Compulsory Third Party insurance premiums for personalised transport vehicles and be able to review personalised transport vehicle classes with MAIC
- recommend safety standards and regulatory changes to the Minister, including in relation to safety cameras and vehicle identification
- advise the Minister on the future of the personalised transport industry
- advise the Minister on opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden on all industry participants to ease the pressure on fares
- be responsible for independently endorsing legislative changes to the industry and consulting on draft changes
- direct transport officer enforcement of personalised transport regulations
- be required to publish an annual report of official activities, and facilitate and improve integration with the public transport network.