On Wednesday 28 January 2015, the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, joined by the Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform Shane Rattenbury, announced an Innovation Review of the ACT taxi industry that will examine the potential use of new technologies for the local industry.
This Innovation Review is an acknowledgement that the taxi industry is evolving. New technologies have already been introduced by Canberra operators and networks, and we know there is potential for further innovation through alternative digital technologies and business models. These include smartphone applications to book and track taxis, which are available in the ACT. Elsewhere the emergence of ridesharing business models is bringing competition to the industry worldwide.
Matters being considered as part of the Review (see Terms of Reference), include:
- the entry to the marketplace of digital alternative-booking and payment regimes;
- the safety of passengers, drivers and vehicles, and the community;
- efficient and sustainable supply to the marketplace (including for special transport needs) and synergies with other modes of public transport;
- the level of surcharge on electronic taxi fare payments (including surcharges applied by other jurisdictions across Australia); and
- compliance among existing and new drivers and operators with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth).
In addition, the Innovation Review will examine the Commonwealth Government's Competition Policy Review, which included recommendations to promote competition in the taxi industry.
Media release announcing Review
- Chief Minister's media release announcing the taxi industry review.
- Chief Minister's media release announcing the start of the consultation.