Janine Hill | 7th Feb 2017 1:12 PM | Noosa News
THE Taxi Council of Queensland has cited the demise of Member for Longman Wyatt Roy as a warning for all politicians to get behind small business ahead of the next state election.
Embittered by the outcome of its fight against ride sharing service Uber, the Taxi Council has signalled it will mount a grass roots campaign demanding support for small business.
TCQ chief executive officer Benjamin Wash said regional forums would be held across the state during the next few weeks with a view to forming committees to campaign in each electorate.
Mr Wash said the election was the taxi industry's opportunity to stand united and say "enough is enough.”
He said the council was not against competition but ordinary people who had followed the law had been "thrown on the scrapheap” at the expense of a large, foreign company in Uber.
He predicted Queenslanders would punish politicians who have "let down” small business operators.
The TCQ has denied supporting One Nation, although it has thanked Senator Pauline Hanson and state One Nation leader Steve Dickson for their pledges of support for the industry and the council's fight for fairness.
Mr Wash said the TCQ was non-partisan and would not endorse any political party but would "lead the charge” against the "worst transport policy ever attempted by a Queensland Government in living history”.
Mr Wash said the taxi industry had made a difference in the last federal election in the seat of Longman where the assistant minister for innovation, Wyatt Roy, was defeated.
A telephone campaign hit more than half the voters in the electorate before the federal election, suggesting Mr Roy had not addressed concerns about Uber, even though the taxi industry was a state issue.
"Mr Roy attributed his loss on election night to the campaigning by our industry, yet all we did was bring attention to his lack of support for small business,” Mr Walsh said.
"Don't underestimate our influence.”
Mr Wash said the TCQ campaign would not be focused on ride share, but would instead seek a state government policy guaranteeing reliable and safe transport 24/7, access to "personalised transport services” everywhere in Queensland, accountability of service providers and fair and equal treatment of personalised transport service providers.