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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Government tables report into taxi industry

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Government tables report into taxi industry

    The Queensland Government has tabled in Parliament today a report into the taxi industry by the Workplace Rights Ombudsman.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the government would now liaise with key stakeholders, including the taxi industry, as it develops a response to the report.

    Mr Dick said the 110-page report, compiled after an eight-month investigation into the taxi industry by Workplace Rights Ombudsman Don Brown, contained 56 recommendations covering various issues within the industry.

    “The government will now take time to fully consider the recommendations and determine our response to the Ombudsman’s recommendations about working conditions within the taxi industry,” Mr Dick said.

    “We need to look at the consequences of these recommendations for the industry, the community and the government.

    “As part of our deliberations, we will consult with relevant stakeholders including the industry before any decisions are made.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to ensuring safe and sustainable working conditions for all workers in Queensland, including those in the taxi industry.”

    The State Government has recently released the draft Taxi Strategic Plan and is currently consulting with the industry on its contents, which include:

    • a Model Bailment Agreement as the basis for fair contracts between drivers and operators, including a suggestion for a 50/50 fare split (with the operator paying fuel costs)

    • requiring taxi drivers to display photo ID and customer feedback numbers clearly in cabs so customers can report good or bad experiences directly

    • creating shared taxi service areas between the Brisbane, Ipswich and Redcliffe zones to improve taxi response times in those areas

    • requiring new taxi drivers to meet the national minimum English standard and to undertake training in core driver competencies through a registered training organisation.

    This builds on the changes introduced last November that require applicants to be aged over 20 years and hold an Australian drivers’ licence for at least 12 months before they can drive a taxi.

    The Taxi Industry Compliance Unit, established by the State Government in 2009, regularly conducts random inspections to ensure drivers and vehicles meet the standards.

    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487
    Office of the Minister for Transport 3237 1111