The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) says the State Government has bungled compulsory third party (CTP) insurance within the personalised transport sector.
Under the legislation, a new class of CTP insurance has been created for booked hire vehicles, but TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies has questioned the rationale for separating them from taxis given they operate in the same space.
“It looks like too little care and no responsibility,” Mr Davies said.
“Booked hire vehicles are being bundled with limousines into a new Class 26.
“It’s a ridiculous approach because booked hire vehicles and limousines are like chalk and cheese. One is a professional chauffeur service in a luxury vehicle and the other is a taxi substitute service in an ordinary car.
“There is not a shred of evidence that limousines and booked hire vehicles share the same risk exposure.
“It would make much more sense for booked hire vehicles to be treated like taxis for CTP.
“They do short trips like taxis, are on the road during busy peak hours like taxis, and often are not owned by the driver just like taxis.
“This was a chance for the Government to level the playing the field for all personalised transport providers and here again it got it wrong.
“There were two sensible options available, put booked hire vehicles into Class 3 for CTP with taxis, or even better, move taxis into Class 1 for CTP with booked hire vehicles.
“Instead, the Government chose the mystery box option of creating a new class in Class 26.”
TCQ wants the Government to level up the playing field for all personalised transport providers and that cannot happen until everyone is paying equitable premiums for CTP insurance.