THE Queensland government has announced the creation of an independent taskforce to review taxi, limousine and rideshare services like Uber across the state.
The comprehensive review will consider existing regulatory framework by examining community and industry needs and expectations, public safety and disability access, and affordability and competition.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad says the review comes at an important time for the industry.
"With new players, the expiry of the taxi strategic plan and no major legislative changes for many years, it is an opportunity for an industry and regulatory review," Trad says.
"We are committed to ensuring Queenslanders have safe, reliable and affordable personalised transport services and want a sustainable and competitive industry that delivers these services.
"We need to outline a pathway for this industry that considers current and new players and ensures a level playing field for all taxi, limousine and rideshare services."
Former director of Main Roads, Jim Varghese AM, will chair the taskforce, along with two additional members yet to be appointed.
Trad says Varghese and the other members of the taskforce will be well equipped to conduct a thorough review.
"Mr Varghese brings a wealth of legal, regulatory, policy and customer service knowledge to this review," she says.
"With more than 30 years' experience which includes leading several State Government departments like Main Roads, his commitment to innovation will be of great benefit in looking holistically at the industry and its future in Queensland."
Trad says Queensland will consult both local stakeholders and reviews conducted in other states to inform the evaluation.
"I would encourage industry and the Queensland community to support the taskforce and have their say during this vital review," she says.
"In particular at the outset of this review I would encourage key stakeholders, when engaged, to work with the taskforce in developing guiding principles to shape the review."
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