Dear TCQ member
On behalf Taxi Council Queensland ("TCQ") I would like to ask for your support with respect to illegal ride-sharing apps.
Illegal ride-sharing apps represent a significant threat to on-demand passenger transport in Queensland.
The e-petition, for which I am the principal petitioner, requests the following:
"Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that ridesharing apps are refusing to meet existing Queensland Government regulations and ignoring Government directions to stop their illegal operations. People that drive for these rideshare apps do not undergo regular criminal background checks and their private cars do not meet the safety guidelines of taxis or offer appropriate insurance. This is putting the safety of Queenslanders at risk and damaging the small businesses across the State that operate taxi services which meet safety guidelines."
Of particular concern is the impact that such services will have on the most vulnerable in the Queensland community. Anything that damages the ability of taxis to provide services safely, efficiently and economically viably will be immeasurably more damaging for those people who have limited alternatives in their method of transport.
Illegal ride-sharing apps are simply the first iteration of a "new world" where cashed up multi-national interlopers will seek to sweep away many thousands of Queensland small businesses potentially doing untold damage in the pursuit of profits.
Queensland's Taxi Industry transports more than 100 million customers each and every year and according to the independently commissioned Roy Morgan Mystery Shopper Survey undertaken in 2013, the industry had an overall satisfaction rating of 89%. There are very few industries in any context that can boast figures as impressive as this.
Further, nearly two-thirds of the fleet are hybrids with the average age of vehicles being less than three years. These innovations not only see improved service standards for customers, but have the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint by millions of tonnes per annum.
While there has been some enforcement activity, TCQ believes that more can be done and is concerned that illegal ride-share apps appear indifferent to the laws of this great State.
Competition is a good and powerful thing however it can only work where all participants in the market are held to the same strict standards that have been demanded by the community over time and are reflected in the legislation.
To show your support for the Queensland Taxi Industry and the tens of thousands of small businesses that are either directly or indirectly reliant upon it, please sign the e-petition:
Benjamin Wash CPA
Chief Executive Officer | Taxi Council Queensland