- New on-demand transport legislation to be introduced this year
- Options being developed for greater support for taxi plate owners
- Armadale MLA Tony Buti appointed to co-ordinate and assist in the reform process
The McGowan Labor Government will adopt a new direction for reform of Western Australia's taxi and charter industries.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said considerable uncertainty remained over the future of the taxi and on-demand transport sector, following the previous government's failed reform process.
The State Government will introduce new legislation by the end of 2017 that will cover both metropolitan and regional areas.
The Department of Transport will also investigate options to assist plate owners who have been left out-of-pocket, including an industry-funded buyback scheme.
The process will be co-ordinated by Armadale MLA Tony Buti and will include a fresh round of consultation with the industry, with a focus on engaging with existing taxi plate owners.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We will work to end the uncertainty that remains in Western Australia's taxi and on-demand transport sector.
"This is about giving taxi plate owners a fair go.
"Loss of plate value is a major issue for metropolitan taxi plate owners and I have instructed the Department of Transport to look into options for an industry-funded buyback scheme.
"Through the new legislation, we will work to replace outdated restrictions.
"Dr Tony Buti has a strong background in law, industrial relations and working with community and industry groups.
"He is well placed to assist me in co-ordinating the McGowan Labor Government's new approach to reforming the taxi and on-demand transport industry."
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