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 and provide a better taxi service for all Canberrans.”
The release of the licences follows a comprehensive review of the taxi industry and expert advice from PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Among the review’s recommendations were the release of at least 25 new standard taxi plates in 2011 and annual increases in taxi licence numbers to ensure that taxi supply meets demand.
Mr Stanhope said the ACT Government was committed to ensuring Canberrans and visitors to the ACT had access to a reliable taxi service.
For those trying to do the math there were 25 new licences being balloted and 16 surrendered ones being returned to use.