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Revolting taxi drivers

By johnboy - 5 October 2010 25

For users of the taxi service it’s painfully obvious that at peak times there are nowhere near enough taxis on the road in Canberra.

But the ABC reports that our taxi drivers are protesting outside the Legislative Assembly today over plans to introduce more drivers:

Canberra Taxi Alliance president Mark Suckling says members of his group will gather outside the Legislative Assembly.

“We’re not actually employed by anybody, we’re self-employed business people and any additional plates that are released is obviously going to affect our income and our viability to operate a business,” he said.

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Revolting taxi drivers
30january1649 6:33 pm 05 Oct 10

p1 says: “Farming is another example of what is usually a very small business (few employees, low average yearly profit) but in order to run such a business, you are required to own a asset worth many, many times any potential yearly profit.”

Only if you leave it to family farms which are often inefficient. We need to encourage big agri-businesses and others buy up those little farms (providing farmers with Superannuation). Big farmer can get economies of scale – and being big farmer they can be pressured into investing in sustainable agriculture (whereas you can’t beat-up on a farming family for not being good environmental stewards…it’s unAustralian!).

Anna Key 5:55 pm 05 Oct 10

For users of the taxi service it’s painfully obvious that at peak times there are nowhere near enough taxis on the road in Canberra.

And for the remaining 23hrs of the day……. The wait times at the airport are nowhere near as bad as Sydney or Melbourne at peak times (in my experience).

But why are they so expensive? Effectively a $6.50 flag fall at the airport.

p1 4:33 pm 05 Oct 10

KB1971 said :

yep, de regulation sorted out those nasty dairy farmers too, trouble makers they were…..

Farming is another example of what is usually a very small business (few employees, low average yearly profit) but in order to run such a business, you are required to own a asset worth many, many times any potential yearly profit.

KB1971 4:00 pm 05 Oct 10

basketcase said :

Taxis should be completely deregulated, it can’t be worse for drivers that it is now.

The only government involvement should be through rego and inspection, let the market sort itself out.

Why do industry participants have to pay a fee to work, who else pays $20000 a year for the right to work? It was protectionism once. There is no need for that.

yep, de regulation sorted out those nasty dairy farmers too, trouble makers they were…..

basketcase 2:26 pm 05 Oct 10

Taxis should be completely deregulated, it can’t be worse for drivers that it is now.

The only government involvement should be through rego and inspection, let the market sort itself out.

Why do industry participants have to pay a fee to work, who else pays $20000 a year for the right to work? It was protectionism once. There is no need for that.

damien haas 1:55 pm 05 Oct 10

Taxi plates should be issued to anyone who wishes to operate a Taxi. This ludicrous ‘scarce resource’ problem is self-created.

The policy objective should be to ensure enough taxis are available to service all calls within a reasonable timeframe. The policy objective should not be to create a valuable resource from taxi plates, to ensure they rise in value while creating service delivery problems to taxi users.

If taxi plates were issued to allcomers, the cost of using taxis would decrease, as no revenue would be diverted to paying the loan required to buy the several hundred thousand dollar taxi plate. Taxi driver wages could increase, fares could decrease. Revenue overall would increase for the taxi owner.

bd84 1:12 pm 05 Oct 10

I guess most of the drivers were more interested in earning some money, the taxi ranks were well stocked at 11am when the stop work meeting was supposed to take place.

p1 1:07 pm 05 Oct 10

rapunzel said :

oh boo hoo, try having to actually compete and be better than the competition like the rest of us, instead of just taking people for a ride.

Like the government?

rapunzel 11:31 am 05 Oct 10

oh boo hoo, try having to actually compete and be better than the competition like the rest of us, instead of just taking people for a ride.

_mtk_ 11:29 am 05 Oct 10

I always use CabXpress when not needing a taxi at peak times – however over hte past six-ish months I’ve noticed they are taking longer and longer to arrive.

I’m guessing some of the CabXpress cabbies are going back to Can Cabs. Does anybody know if this is on the money?

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:16 am 05 Oct 10

What happened to all that competition we were suppose to get??

ThatGuy 11:11 am 05 Oct 10

I’m all for anything that:

* could reduce the exorbitant prices (come on Canberra why the heck are we so expensive to get around in?)
* shorten time spent in the early hours at the civic interchange, hoping you don’t get sucker punched
* might actually make taxi drivers consider stopping for someone waving them down when they don’t already have a passenger
* might make taxi drivers consider being slightly more punctual

Another added benefit, if prices and waiting time drops, is that I’d…I mean…bogans would be less likely to chance driving home after ‘just a few’.

sepi 10:59 am 05 Oct 10

Maybe the govt could sponsor a whole load of disabled taxis, to solve the problem disabled people have in ever getting anywhere, and then during deseignated ‘peak’ times, these cabs could revert to standard cabs to take up the slack.

p1 10:53 am 05 Oct 10

+1 “for the Part Time Licences™” suggestion. And there would be the advantage of additional, fully functional vehicles available in reserve for when one is out of action for some mechanical reason.

davesact 10:21 am 05 Oct 10

Perhaps “part-time” licences could operate at peak times when the existing “full time” licences can’t handle the work available. During these times the existing cabs would not be disadvantaged and the service overall would be more timely, efficient and conducive to building business by attracting old customers who do not utilise the service BECAUSE of long waiting times. These part time licences could be priced appropriately.

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