TMR has requested information from TCQ regarding the regulation of the High Occupancy, Luxury and Premium surcharge. Attached is some information that has been provided by TMR.
The issue is essentially whether these surcharges should be regulated or not. If TCQ believes that it should remain unregulated, as is currently the case, then this simply needs to be communicated to TMR. If, however, TCQ believes that the maxi surcharge should be regulated then it will be a matter of making a submission to TMR as to how that should occur.
The policy issues surrounding the surcharges are significant however if they are framed well enough then it may represent an opportunity for the industry to reinvigorate the products on offer and open up opportunities to recapture some of the work that has been lost over the last several years with a move towards more open community transport.
The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on transport and transport subsidies for which the taxi industry is ideally placed to provide those services. With the Newman Government constantly discussing smaller, more efficient Government and contestability the timing is right to frame this as a holistic package, a “one stop solution” that can then be sold as the Government gears up for the 2015 election.
Attached is a template with a number of questions/comments seeking feedback from the industry to inform the discussion with the Government as to how these outcomes may be achieved.
Submissions in the prescribed format are requested to be returned by email by close of business Friday 31 January 2014.
Please note that unless otherwise specified, submissions will be made available to TMR and TCQ Councillors upon request.