Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey has met with key stakeholders today to brief them on the next stage of personalised transport industry reforms and to provide further detail on the release of the taxi industry hardship fund.
Mr Bailey said the latest changes proposed for the personalised transport industry would build a fairer playing field for all operators as well as increasing safety and choice for customers.
“In Stage 1 of Queensland’s Personalised Transport Horizon Plan we cut red tape. Stage 2 will help an industry in transition by providing a fairer framework for the future,” Mr Bailey said.
Some of the key reforms proposed for Stage 2 include:
“Stage 2 will continue to reform the personalised industry market to make it more responsive, competitive and able to adapt to movement in the industry.
“We are delivering a framework that can anticipate and accommodate future changes which will help ensure the viability of the industry.”
Mr Bailey said eligible taxi and limousine licence holders and operators would receive an invitation from the Queensland Rural Adjustment Agency (QRAA) to apply for the $26.7 million industry hardship payments from next month.
The funding is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Taxi and Limousine Industry Adjustment Assistance Package (IAAP) announced in August 2016.
“$60 million of transitional assistance payments for eligible taxi and limousine licence holders has already been made available and 90 per cent of that funding has so far been distributed,” Mr Bailey said.
“$26.7 million in industry hardship payments will now be made available to eligible taxi and limousine licence holders as well as operators following feedback from industry.
“The business advisory services will be made available to help business adapt and make the most of the opportunities delivered by the new framework,” Ms Enoch said.
“This funding will let taxi and limousine businesses access grants to obtain professional advice in the areas of legal and financial services as well as providing access to mentoring, counselling and support services.”
The $100 million Taxi and Limousine Industry Adjustment Assistance Package (IAAP) includes:
For more information, visit http://personalisedtransport.tmr.qld.gov.au