Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
In response to the use of new technologies by taxi operators, the ACT Government has today announced an innovation review of the Canberra’s taxi industry.
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the review will help to inform the way forward for Canberra’s transport network.
“Canberrans want to be able to access a range of convenient transport options, and we [...]
Australian Business Traveller reports that the controversial hire car /taxi service to the nerds Uber (wikipedia page for context)is planning an Australian expansion that includes Canberra:
The Uber car hire service could be available in Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and other Australian cities this year.
“In 2014 we plan to bring Uber to many more Australian cities” [...]
Some Canberra taxis have new meters installed.
Yesterday, in the second time in as many weeks, I got into a cab around 6pm, and noticed the rate was set on the more expensive option (Rate 2, which starts at 9pm). Both times on notifying the driver that the rate was incorrect, I got the same response [...]
The ABC has the sad news that our diabolically bad taxi service is suing the Government for trying to help disabled people get taxis:
Last year the government set up the centralised system to take bookings for and dispatch wheelchair accessible taxis.
Aerial Capital Group has asked the Federal Court to declare the laws putting the [...]
Andrew Barr has announced that disability taxi vouchers are moving up the tech tree to a smartcard based system. And of course Cabcharge will run it:
Cabcharge has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the new ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme Smartcard.
The new smartcard will replace the current paper-based vouchers, and will make using [...]
Laura has sent this in for our consideration:
I unfortunately catch cabs occasionally and this was taken from my ride last Monday. We were on Yamba drive near TCH at the time of this photo being taken. Note that the driver didn’t even notice me reach for my phone and take the photo!!
Got an image of [...]
A 26-year-old Gungahlin man has been arrested by police this afternoon for the hit-run in Evatt on Friday night (March 22).
Around 10 pm a 26-year-old man was dropped off by a taxi near the intersection of William Webb Drive and Callaghan Street.
After dropping off the man the taxi driver drove up William Webb Drive, performed [...]
ACT Policing is calling for help from the public to identify two men who are believed to be responsible for an alleged assault against a taxi driver in the early hours of Sunday morning (20 February).
About 12.15am, police were called to an address in Forde after a fare dispute.
The alleged victim had driven a fare [...]
Shane Rattenbury is celebrating Nightrider patronage figures:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that ACTION’s 2012 Nightrider bus service shuttled over 2,460 people safely home throughout December 2012, breaking the New Year’s Eve patronage record on the way.
“ACTION’s Nightrider service again proved to be a popular and affordable option for Canberrans to [...]
ACT Policing is warning the community of the dangers of throwing objects at vehicles following an incident in Richardson overnight, in which a 48-year-old woman was injured.
Around midnight (Thursday, October 4), the woman and her husband were in a taxi travelling along Clift Crescent towards Chisholm when an object was thrown at the taxi, hitting [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan and Caroline Le Couteur are letting us know what they want for disabled transport in the next term of the Assembly:
TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THE ACT GREENS WILL…
– Introduce a stand-alone Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service, featuring dedicated taxis and salaried drivers.
– Review Taxi Subsidy eligibility criteria, to [...]
ACT Policing is seeking the assistance of the public to help identify the man in the images who was allegedly involved in two separate aggravated robberies last month (May 4 and May 20).
Around 8.30pm on Friday, May 4, a taxi driver accepted a fare at the Canberra Airport. It is alleged that when the taxi [...]
A 21-year-old Fraser man has been arrested after assaulting a taxi driver and stealing his taxi in Canberra’s north early this morning (Monday, April 9).
About 12:30am the man and a 20-year-old woman were travelling in a taxi along Belconnen Way in Macquarie. An argument started between the pair, during which the woman jumped from the [...]
The Office of Regulatory Services has released a fact sheet on the catchily named ITOP or Independent Taxi Operator Pilot.
Who can participate in the Pilot?
Only those taxi operators who have held continuous ACT taxi accreditation in ACT for a period of 4 years and can demonstrate a good track record of compliance with public passenger [...]
While cycling blithely by on the footpath this afternoon I noticed that Marcus Clarke street was badly clagged up after a taxi had failed to drive through a bus.
Is it just me or are taxi drivers not all they used to be?
ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old Queanbeyan man following an aggravated robbery on a taxi driver in Turner last night (22 January).
Around 6.40pm a man approached the window of a taxi and enquired about a fare. He then leaned into the taxi, pointed a syringe at the driver and demanded money.
The alleged offender and taxi [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident late Saturday evening (December 24) on Kings Avenue Bridge when a taxi driver was assaulted and his taxi was stolen.
Around 11.30pm, the taxi driver picked up two men from the Kingston shops, who asked to be driven to the city. As the taxi was travelling over the [...]
After a few drinks late Friday night (possibly early Saturday), I caught a cab home.
After I’d paid the driver, I stepped out of the cab, only to realise that my iPhone had slipped out of my pocket. I whistled and shouted at the rapidly retreating cab, but the driver didn’t stop.
I went inside immediately and [...]
As a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement that an independent taxi license trial will begin early next year, the Office of Regulatory Services has released further information about how the trial will work.
The pilot, which will operate for 3 years, will provide the opportunity to assess whether this model of taxi service provision results in:
–improved taxi [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’d releasing licenses for independent taxis in the ACT.
The ACT Government will begin a new trial to allow up to 25 taxis to operate independently without affiliation to Canberra’s two taxi networks, making it possible for taxi operators to offer a broader range of services to Canberrans, Attorney General, Simon Corbell [...]
Katy Gallagher is celebrating a tenfold rise in people using the Nightrider bus service in its opening weekend.
“A total of 548 people used the Nightrider service on Friday and Saturday night. This is one of the busiest opening weekends in the history of the service,” the Chief Minister said.
“This compares to the 59 people who [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 21-year-old Banks man following the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver last night (Sunday, October 23) in Canberra’s south.
About 6.00pm a taxi driver drove the alleged offender to an address in Gordon. When the taxi driver asked for payment for the fare, the alleged offender told the driver he was [...]
ACT Policing has released CCTV images of two alleged offenders following the aggravated robberies of two taxi drivers in Red Hill and Weston earlier this month (Friday, September 9).
The first incident occurred around 4.40am when the taxi driver was approached by two men in Cygnet Crescent, Red Hill. One of the men punched the driver [...]
Two taxi drivers have been assaulted and property stolen early this morning by two unknown men in separate incidents (Friday, September 9).
The first incident occurred about 4.40 am in a Cygnet Crescent car park in Red Hill. The driver was preparing to begin his shift when two men approached the parked taxi. One man punched [...]
I flew into Canberra the other day and was asked at the taxi rank if I was happy to take a cab with another person in the queue as we were both heading in roughly the same direction. After we both got in, and after we arrived at the other passenger’s destination, the cab stopped [...]
I witnessed a crash last night between a taxi and a red sedan on Limestone Ave at around 9.30.
Great to know that the cabs aren’t only ripping us off but are risking our lives as well.
That many times I’ve been rorted by those swindling b#stards and many more times I’ve thought to myself I’m bound [...]
ACT Policing Criminal Investigation members arrested a 22-year-old man and 19-year-old woman on Saturday morning (July 10) following the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver last month (June 17).
Around 2.30am on June 17, the driver picked up six passengers from an address in Kingston and conveyed them to George Street, in Oaks Estate.
After the passengers [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault of a taxi driver in Kingston early this morning (Saturday, July 9).
Around 4.10am police attended Giles Street in Kingston after the report of a taxi driver being assaulted by up to four males at that location. Police attended the scene and found the 33-year-old taxi driver with [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a taxi driver in Holt early this morning (Tuesday, 5 July).
Around 2.55am the taxi was sent by dispatch to Grimmet Close, Holt. On arrival the driver discovered the house to which he had been sent had no lights on.
While he waited he observed two people [...]
Generally I have found taxi drivers in Canberra to drive pretty well. No worse than many I have encountered. Better in fact. So this is not a blanket labelling.
Last Friday the 8th I was driving into Civic from Griffith when I had a taxi tailgate me along Canberra Avenue just between National Circuit and State [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope is rather pleased that despite the sob stories of the taxi industry 226 people applied for 41 taxi licences being offered.
“This demonstrates the strong interest in the ACT for people to operate a taxi,” Mr Stanhope said. “The release of these licences will help increase the number of taxis on the roads [...]