The taxi industry is currently doing it tough and everyone needs to get together to find solutions, according to the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ).
Chief executive officer Blair Davies said no part of the industry is insulated from the pain.
“The industry has always been comprised of co-adventurers in the sense that drivers and operators run businesses that are joined at the hip,” he said.
“If a driver has a good day then so does the operator, and conversely, if a driver has a bad day then it’s bad for the operator as well. If an operator is doing well, that’s also good news for the licence owner.”
Mr Davies said while some of the industry’s economic pain has been the result of market forces, the State Government has also played a role by giving booked hire services unfair advantages in comparison to taxis.
“Licence owners are seeing their assets eroded by uncertainty, operators are struggling with unfair costs and regulatory burden, and drivers are seeing their work being cherry-picked by booked hire drivers,” he said.
“If the Government is genuinely committed to supporting Queensland businesses then it needs to do something urgently about levelling the playing field. The taxi industry doesn’t want any more feel-good promises, we want real solutions.”
Mr Davies said the future for the taxi industry can be a bright one but we need the Government to stop unfairly favouring booked hire services. We also need everyone in the industry to pitch in and work together to ensure our services outmatch those of our competition.