NORTHERN IRELAND – In Coleraine, County Londonderry, Royal Cabs owner William McDonald said his firm had lost a third of its drivers over the last 14 months.
“We have nine people working for us at the moment. The other men found other work and have left the company,” he said.
“The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
“Now places are starting to open we certainly need more drivers and more cars on the road. The night work is picking up a little but the drivers aren’t there.” “The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
I have been involved in the Taxi Industry for more than 35 years. I joined the NSW Taxi Industry while I was studying and wanted to earn extra income. I started as a Taxi driver and continued working in the industry in various roles like – fleet assistant, call centre operator, supervisor, customer service, and eventually General Manager and CEO. During this time, I have never asked anyone to do my job or take advantage of any position I’ve given.
1. Who is someone you admire and why? I have always admired our past and present Diggers; Anzac Day is the most special day of the year for me. I have had the privilege of assisting the Taxi Industry with the Anzac Day March for the past 18 years. I also admire Nick Abrahim (Deputy CEO, NSW Taxi Council) for his dedication and offering his time for this special day.
The Victorian Government expanded the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) to include overseas entity Uber, after a so-called successful trial by Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Uber in Geelong. In this trial, taken place between 5th of March to 31st of May 2020, CPVV and Uber facilitated 174 rides and received a 5.0 satisfaction rating from passengers.
What we didn’t know until after the announcement of the trial’s ‘success’, is that the amount of local MPTP members (passengers) who participated in the trial was next to none. CPVV failed to mention that out of 500 members who were invited to participate – with 100 positions ready to be filled – only 4 agreed to take part in it. CPVV concluded that Uber would be fit to undertake MPTP work – but on what grounds? On the grounds of 4 participants?
You can now check the details of current taxi service licences and limousine licences using the personalised transport public register. The register also provides details of booked hire service licences and booking entity authorisations for the personalised transport industry in Queensland.
About the register The register provides information about current licences and about the vehicle stated in the licence. Suspended, cancelled, surrendered, or expired licences will not be displayed.
Australia’s driverless vehicle industry says it’s emerging from the COVID-19 crisis with growing business confidence to create more jobs and invest more money.
An economic uplift survey conducted by the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has found that 84% of businesses surveyed within the industry expected to hire more workers, or keep the same levels of employment post COVID-19. This was despite 87% of industry respondents saying they had been adversely affected by COVID-19 during 2020.
But all businesses said they had fully or somewhat recovered from COVID-19’s impact. In fact, 50% intend to invest more money in the driverless vehicle industry over the next 12 months.
The NSW Taxi Council (NSW TC) together with the Country Taxi Operators Association (CTOA) are calling on the NSW Government to make further adjustments to a number of recommendations to the NSW Government Independent Review led by Sue Baker-Finch. The CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Martin Rogers, said “We don’t accept that all of the recommendations of the Independent Review by Sue Baker- Finch should be adopted.”
This week Fair Work Australia announced a 2.5% pay rise for the most underpaid workers in this country which will equate to an additional 49 cents an hour. This is on top of a 1.75% increase last year.
The amendment Barton is bringing to the house this coming Tuesday is about changing the way the Essential Services Commission (ESC) determines maximum fare rates for taxis.
This amendment would ensure that the ESC considers an accredited driver's capacity to earn a living wage as well as the commercial viability of operating a taxi service.
Living wage means remuneration that is sufficient for a reasonable standard of living having regard to the cost of essential goods and services.