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Looking at the taxis again

By johnboy 3 August 2009 26

Chief Stanhope is announcing yet another review of the taxi industry.

    Commencing in August 2009, the review will include an assessment of the supply of standard and wheelchair accessible taxi (WAT) licences; fare structures; and the level of industry regulation.

    “Canberrans and visitors to our city deserve to have reasonable access to taxi services that meet their needs,” Mr Stanhope said. “This review will consider the difficulties faced by some operators and suggest a way forward to improve taxi services in the ACT.”

The main focus of the media release is on wheelchair accessible taxi (WAT) licences.

Maybe we need to examine whether asking the private taxi industry to provided transport access to the disabled is actually a smart thing to do.

Or should it be run as a government service?

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UPDATED: The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is congratulating herself apparently the “action” of holding another review is the electric response of a Government with a green blowtorch to its belly.

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I-filed 10:20 am 09 Aug 09

Remember when the GST started and taxi fares went up about 40 per cent, with the aid of the government, because more than half of taxi business had been black market and the whole industry said it was going to fold? I was astonished at the sheer pragmatism of the government in not sicking the Tax Office onto any of them … or did the taxis keep APH – Fyshwick trip records at the ready?

Anna Key 11:29 pm 08 Aug 09

I book through the Canberracabs website. They usually turn up 5 – 10 mins early. but there probably aren;t any other jobs around. But it is just me, and usually no luggage. The last couple did ask which route I wanted to take. If worried, tell them you want to go a specific route

junkett 10:12 pm 08 Aug 09

Anna Key said :

When needing a taxi between 5-6.00am to get to the airport, i have always found them reliable. But damn expensive. $45 for a trip of less than 20km! At least in Canberra they dont normally have the Daily Tele on the dash and talkback radio playing. Then you know you are in for some serious earbashing.

Do you mind if I ask if you used Aerial or Cabxpress (sic?). I’ve got to book a 5am taxi for the early connecting international flight for family and I and obvious plethora of baggage. I don’t want to be ripped off any more than I already expect to be, but more importantly I want the thing to turn up!
I very rarely have to catch cabs, the last time would have been 12+ months ago. I used Cabxpress then only because I didn’t have to speak to a bloody computer. The cabbie did turn up, was clean – no B.O.!, could speak English and avoided the long route. But yeah, that was 12+months ago.

Stone – I don’t see anyone here saying taxi drivers make good money. Most commenters have said that the costs of running a taxi are too high.

And I still think they are damned expensive.

Stone 1:13 am 05 Aug 09


If you think it is expensive, you think people who drives taxis are making good money, however, why don’t you drive it?

You are not on the job, you know nothing about it. The ACT govenment wants too much out of a taxi, that’s why it is “expensive”. The taxi rego costs about $8,000 a year which only cost about $2000 in NSW. The taxi plate leasing costs around $20,000 a year, and the insurance costs another $10,000(for vechile & driver). And all this still not include the running cost. Taxi Opereator needs to pay taxi base bout $1,300 each month for the base radio fee as well. If you want to put a car on road to do the business, you need to pay $1600 to fit all the equipments in and all of that cost a lot. There is a camera rental fee cost $1,280 which is stupid, as the camera is useless & hopeless. PS. one of the driver had a fight with a crazy oz animal who was asking cash from the driver, when the police try to access the camera hard drive to get that man’s picture, it was nothing there. We pay $1,280 for nothing!!

Now you still think it’s expensive? How much do you think the driver will get? Let me tell you that the driver only gets half of what you paid. And that is before GST and Tax. The driver has to pay GST and Income Tax to the govenment. If I pay you $25 ask you to drive me to somewhere around 20km, specially when I was drunk and crazy as a dog, would you like to take me for $20? I rather pay you more to drive me back to home safely!

Everyone needs to pay their bills and live in this city. If you have so much to say about the taxi industry, why don’t you write something to the govenment with all of your question marks about why canberra taxis are so danm expensive?

s-s-a 11:34 pm 03 Aug 09

PS. Not entirely sure why the govt needs to consult again on WATs given the problems they got told about in the last several reviews are not substantially improved.

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