Sarah Vogler,, State Political Editor, The Courier-Mail
April 10, 2017 12:00am
AN INDEPENDENT umpire would be appointed to oversee the taxi and ridesharing industries under a plan to be unveiled by the LNP.
Leader Tim Nicholls will today pledge to appoint a new transport commissioner and establish a ministerial council to oversee issues arising from ridesharing in Queensland, should the LNP win government at the next state election.
It is the latest salvo in the war between the political parties to win over the disgruntled taxi industry ahead of the election, which is due by May 5 next year but is widely expected to be held this year.
The Courier-Mail revealed in January that Labor had held a series of meetings with the taxi industry, with a second tranche of reforms introduced last month in a bid to calm growing disquiet.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has also been courting the taxi industry.
“The independent commissioner will be an industry voice in government who will restore certainty and stability,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The commissioner will act as an ombudsman for the industry, a source of independent advice for the minister, and will be responsible for recommending safety requirements, including compulsory third-party insurance, safety cameras, vehicle identification, licensing and registration.”
The announcement comes as the Taxi Council of Queensland continues to shore up its campaign for a fairer system ahead of the election.
In a letter to its members last week, it revealed chief executive Benjamin Wash and president Max McBride would lead a tour of north and central Queensland this week to discuss the campaign.