Media Statement

The following is attributed to Benjamin Wash, CEO Taxi Council Queensland

Taxi Council welcomes new Transport Minister Jackie Trad

Taxi Council Queensland congratulates new Transport Minister Jackie Trad on her appointment and we look forward to a strong relationship with the new Palaszczuk Government.

I found Jackie to be responsive to the needs of our industry as opposition transport spokesperson and I am confident that the new Labor Government recognises the important role played by the taxi industry in Queensland.

The state’s taxi industry is unique in that we move over one hundred million people each year, yet are fully privatised with no government subsidies.

This highlights the importance of supporting the tens of thousands of small business people who own, operate and drive taxis, particularly by ensuring that anyone who seeks to start a taxi service competes on a level playing field and meets regulations that protect customers.

We welcome Labor’s strong pre-election commitment to uphold the law, bring a new resolve to enforcing the cease and desist orders that have been issued to illegal ride-hailing apps, and prioritise public safety.