Today the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed her displeasure with the changes because they don’t do enough for taxi drivers or the disabled.
“We’ve seen this response to release more taxi licences before, and it has failed before. Taxi drivers are already struggling to earn a living and handing back licences,” Ms Bresnan said.
“The heart of the problem is the peak periods, particularly at the airport, and this response from Government does nothing to address this and puts forward a simplistic response.
“There is also the issue of Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (WATs) which have received a half-hearted response from the Government.
“Releasing 4 new WAT licences and tendering a booking service is not the same as setting up a stand alone non-profit community service for disabled transport.
“Again, the Government’s response has been tried and failed. Unless we change the situation where we have essential transport for people with a disability being run for a profit, then we are likely to see people who use wheel chairs being left waiting.
It would be nice to split wheelchair accessibility out from the general needs of the taxi using populace.