To evaluate whether there are opportunities to reform taxi and hire car regulation, including having regard to the emergence of digital public transport booking services and their potential ability to increase competition and provide differentiated transport services to the public.
Matters to be considered as part of the review include:
- the entry to the marketplace of digital alternative-booking 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);
- compliance among existing and new drivers and operators with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth).
The review will also consider matters arising from:
- a report prepared for the Canberra Taxi Industry Association (CTIA) in June 2014, entitled An Evaluation of the Current State of the ACT Taxi Industry (the CTIA Report); and
- the Commonwealth Government's Competition Policy Review Draft Report.
An inter-directorate working group chaired by Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and including Justice and Community Safety Directorate will oversee the review.
Consultation will involve initial industry stakeholder meetings, the development of a discussion paper, and broader community engagement to commence in early to mid-2015.
The working group will report to Government during the latter half of 2015.
Background on the Review can be seen at this link.
Written submissions by industry stakeholders can be made through this email address, by 27 February, 2015: email@example.com