Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    $382,000 State Government funding for taxi driver training initiatives

    7/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced two pioneering initiatives to attract 400 drivers into the Perth taxi industry.


    “From today, up to 200 experienced interstate taxi driver applicants will be able to receive a 100 per cent subsidy to meet all training and application costs for entry into the Perth taxi industry,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    “Secondly, 200 Western Australian student applicants will also be able to receive a 100 per cent training subsidy to become Perth metropolitan taxi drivers.”


    This subsidy will apply to students who are enrolled at 50 per cent or more of a full-time course load at a tertiary level, either at university, TAFE, or a mature age TEE college.


    These initiatives have been developed in consultation with the Taxi Council of WA and the Taxi Industry Forum of WA.


    “The driver training subsidies are one of several initiatives the State Government is introducing to attract more drivers,” the Minister said.


    “An advertising campaign will shortly commence in the Eastern States, initially in Victoria, to encourage experienced taxi drivers to make the move to WA.


    “Cost structures in Perth are much lower than in the Eastern States, so drivers can expect to make a better return as a taxi driver here.”


    New Perth metropolitan taxi drivers can also benefit from existing schemes, which include:


    ·         the Peak Period Subsidy Scheme, providing a 50 per cent subsidy to peak period drivers who lease plates from DPI; and

    ·         the MPT Cadetship Subsidy Scheme, a 100 per cent grant for aspiring MPT drivers to reimburse them for costs associated with their training.


    A local advertising campaign will commence in May to make potential WA student applicants aware of the subsidies available and to encourage people to apply.


    Minister's office - 9213 6400