Taxi Council calls LNP policy a game changer
Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) has strongly endorsed the policy around personalised transport announced today by the Liberal National Party (LNP).
TCQ chief executive officer Benjamin Wash said the peak body recently wrote to all political parties and independent candidates asking for their support to establish an Independent Personalised Transport Commission, and the LNP has responded.
“As far as I’m aware this is the first time a major party has developed a specific policy for the taxi and personalised transport sector, which shows just how important the taxi industry is to Queensland’s economy and how vital a role we play in the transport space,” he said.
“The Palaszczuk Government has made a shambolic mess of personalised transport and has turned their backs on over 16,000 small business owners who make up the state’s taxi industry.
"Today’s announcement is a game changer, as it gives the oversight of this sector to a specialised, independent authority who will act in the best interests of all Queenslanders, and limit the opportunity for politicians to play party politics.”
In February, TCQ announced its intention to mobilise an army of thousands of Queenslanders in the lead up to the state election, to actively support candidates who commit to their blueprint for the industry’s future.
“We will remain non-partisan and we will not be endorsing any political party, but we will support good policy.
“The policy announced today by the LNP doesn’t fix the problem we now have in terms of the uneven playing field but it is a huge step forward and creates an environment that can lead to a solution, and I am confident our members will support this.”
The LNP’s announcement comes on the day TCQ starts a road trip across regional Queensland where it will meet with members to discuss their election strategy and the need for new legislation.
“We believe we can make our voice heard and influence many marginal seats, and we are confident that Queenslanders will support small business.”
He said TCQ would welcome the ALP adopting a similar election policy.