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A NEW ERA DAWNS
The final report of the Taxi Industry Inquiry was tabled in
Parliament on 12 December 2012, with the Government announcing that
it is seeking further public (and industry) comment until 30
January 2013. The VTA welcomed the opportunity to have further
input, and has submitted its response.
Given the further consultative period, it is anticipated that
the Government's response to the Inquiry's final report might not
be known for some time yet.
Whatever the Government decides regarding the Inquiry's
recommendations, 2013 will see a new era dawn as reforms start to
be rolled out. The VTD is already implementing changes to its
requirements in regard to licence holder, operator and driver
accreditation, which the VTA welcomes.
Across the industry, this new era will see changes in focus,
structures, roles and performance expectations. It will bring
challenges, but also opportunities.
There is much work to done during 2013 in adjusting to whatever
the reforms might be. The industry needs to remain vigilant and
ready to argue its case at all times calmly, professionally and
I congratulate taxi drivers and operators on their great
performance leading up to Christmas and the New Year period.
Statistics reveal that the usual city hot spots were well serviced
by taxis with queues of passengers waiting at the major ranks
moving through quickly.
This being the first Taxi Talk edition for 2013, I wish everyone
a safe and profitable New Year.