Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    More taxis and increased fares help both customers and drivers

    4/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    4/11/05

    More taxis on the roads and increased fares will provide a better service to customers and help drivers meet the rising vehicle running costs, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced today.

    Ms MacTiernan said 66 new taxi plates would be released to meet growing demand in the metropolitan area and fares would increase by 4.8 per cent.

    “The rise in fares reflects increases in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Private Motoring Index, used to measure the costs of operating a motor vehicle,” she said.

    “Obviously, recent rises in the cost of fuel have made it increasingly tough for drivers to make a living and the motoring index takes this factor into consideration.”

    The fares increases would attract more drivers to the industry.

    “More taxis on the road will mean better service and shorter waiting times for customers,” the Minister said.

    “We are serious about improving customer service in the taxi industry - this means ensuring there are enough taxis to meet consumer demand.

    “At the same time, the Government is committed to ensuring that taxi fares remain reasonable for customers and taxi operators alike.”

    The plate release would comprise 20 conventional or unrestricted plates immediately to drivers on a plate waiting list and tenders would be called for 34 restricted peak period plates, and 12 multi-purpose taxi (MPT) plates.

    “This is part of a co-ordinated approach by the State Government to issue taxi plates at regular intervals to promote orderly growth in the number of plates,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “The plates will be available through a lease arrangement from the State Government to taxi drivers at a rate below the current market average.

    “Having taxi plates available in this way makes it more attractive for drivers already working the industry to take a greater stake in the industry.

    “Releasing additional peak period plates will ensure a safe and convenient taxi service is available for those who enjoy a night out at the end of the week.

    “Making additional multi-purpose taxi (MPT) plates available will improve access to taxi services for people with disabilities and the elderly.”

    The new fares will come into effect on November 14 in the metropolitan area and December 1 in country areas.

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