The State Government’s efforts to improve viability in the Multi-Purpose Taxi (MPT) industry have progressed with legislation to be introduced to Parliament this week allowing a buy back of transferable plates.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the plan after Cabinet approval in August to buy back up to 56 transferable MPT plates following approaches from a majority of MPT operators.
A total of 87 MPTs operate in Perth and, of these, only 56 are privately owned, fully transferable plates.
“This delivers a real solution for the industry and will ensure that this essential and important service is maintained for all MPT customers,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The MPT sector is under financial pressure due to diesel price increases and other factors such as vehicle purchase prices, maintenance and general operational costs.
“To date there has been no appropriate vehicle available for LP gas conversion, hence their cost structures are much higher than the industry generally, yet their fares are the same as conventional taxis.”
The buy-back of MPT plates and the re-issue of these plates under lease at $100 per week will reduce the cost for operators significantly and will make operating an MPT vehicle a more attractive proposition for current and potential drivers.
“It is vitally important that the customers of the MPTs have adequate access to services during the transitional period so to ensure that this occurs, a number of safeguards have already been inserted in the draft Bill,” the Minister said.
“These include ensuring that an owned taxi plate is only repurchased by the Government when a replacement taxi, fitted with lease plates, is operational.
“Leases to existing MPT owners will be for a minimum of three years and a maximum of 10 years and the State Government will continue efforts to improve the viability of the MPT sector for operators and customers alike.”
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