CCIQ says State Government strikes balance in taxi dispute

Thursday 11 August, 2016 | By: Default Admin | Tags: digital disruption, ride-sharing, Uber, taxis, personalised transport, red tape

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says the State Government has reacted with balance in finding a compromise for the personalised transport industry.

CCIQ’s senior policy advisor Kate Whittle said CCIQ was pleased to see the government arrive at a sensible set of policy drivers following the independent Opportunities for Personalised Transport Review.

“We welcome the government’s announcement in what was a difficult position of balancing the needs of an existing industry while enabling innovation and competition,” she said.

“This is a win for customers and small business.”

“The Personalised Transport Horizon package, confirmed today by Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, strikes the right balance between ensuring existing industries are not unfairly sidelined, but also allows for market disrupters to flourish in Queensland’s economy.

“If we are going to underscore our transition away from mining and the resources industry towards a more diversified economy with Advance Queensland, then innovative companies such as Uber must be free from government interference.”

Ms Whittle said it was encouraging to see the government cutting red tape to make it happen with the review recommending 80 regulations cut for taxi and limousine operators.

She said it would be interesting to see if other operators entered the market now that it had been opened up by the government as it would allow small businesses to thrive.

“In the end, the more market participants, the greater competition, and thereby better the outcomes for consumers,” she said.



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