Taxi industry prepares to celebrate its top achievers

16 November 2018
Media Release

Queensland’s taxi industry will gather next week to celebrate the drivers and operators who have excelled during 2018. The annual Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) awards will take place at Brisbane’s Rydges Hotel at South Bank on the evening of Tuesday 20 November.

Nominations are in and the shortlists for each of the hotly contested seven categories have been drawn up. The winners of the highly-regarded awards will be decided by a judging panel made up of Adam Hazell, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Natasha Montesalvo, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and John Mayo, Spinal Life Australia. The standard of entries is very high so it promises to be a difficult decision, picking the winners.

Each finalist receives a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the industry, with the winner of each category also taking home a beautiful engraved trophy.

TCQ CEO, Blair Davies, thanked all those who submitted nominations this year and wished all the finalists the best of luck for the night.

“These awards are an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate truly outstanding members of our industry. Each and every day, in towns and cities across Queensland, taxi drivers and operators are serving communities so it is fantastic to acknowledge that hard work and dedication,” said Mr Davies.

The shortlists are:

  • Driver of the Year (Wheelchair Accessible Taxi)
    • Gysbertus Ligteringen (Gold Coast Cabs)
    • Jagdeep Suman (Black and White Cabs)
    • Anant Sharma (13 Cabs)
  • Driver of the Year (Conventional Taxi)
    • Shane Longland (Black and White Cabs)
    • Barry Kennerley (13 Cabs)
    • Cherie Abell (Mackay Whitsundays Taxis)
  • Operator of the Year (1-20 vehicles)
    • Yvonne Grace (13 Cabs)
    • Michael Agius (Cairns Taxis)
    • Christian Cochrane (Black and White Cabs)
  • Operator of the Year (21-100 vehicles)
    • Revealed on the evening
  • Operator of the Year (100+ vehicles)
    • Zevra
    • Greg Neighbours (13 Cabs)
  • Customer Service Award
    • Nicholas Daniels (Cairns Taxis)
    • Atambeer Kalra (Black and White Cabs)
  • Significant Achievement Award
    • Allan Rowe (Blue and White Taxis)