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 need to consider how to facilitate entrepreneurial operators entering the market so that they can operate safely and equitably,” he said in a statement.
“I am particularly keen to explore how new technologies can drive innovation and synergies between Canberra’s taxis and our public transport system.”
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the review is an acknowledgement that the taxi industry is evolving.
“New technologies have already been introduced by Canberra operators, and we know there is potential for further innovation through alternative digital technologies and business models.
“These include the potential for smartphone applications to book and track taxis and the implementation of ride-share business models that can provide users with a more accessible and competitive sector in the ACT,” he said.
The review will seek to identify opportunities for achieving further consumer choice, sustainability and long-term competitiveness, while attempting to ensure that Canberrans are charged appropriately. Issues of surcharges on electronic payments will also be reviewed.
Consultation will involve initial industry stakeholder meetings, the development of a discussion paper, and broader community engagement scheduled to commence in early to mid 2015.