Minister For Transport To Issue More Taxi Plates

Minister For Transport To Issue More Taxi Plates

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler

More Taxis For Darwin

Victor P Taffa

Reduced taxi pick-up times and more cabs on the road will be the result of 13 extra taxi licences being released next week.

“Applications have been received from 85 local taxi drivers for the 13 additional Darwin taxi licences which will be released by a ballot system.” Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said.

The ballot will be held at 10 am on July 1 at Mantra Pandanas.

“It is the first time a taxi ballot has been available exclusively to Northern Territory taxi drivers who have been working in the industry for a long period of time, providing the opportunity for experienced Territory cabbies to own and operate their own business.”

The 13 new taxi licences will be released in two stages:

  1. Three standard licences and four Multiple Purpose Taxi (MPT) licences will be authorised to operate immediately after the ballot allocation of taxi licences to the successful applicants. MPTs are designed to carry at least one passenger in a wheelchair.
  2. The remaining six standard taxi licences will be authorised to operate two months after completion of the ballot.

The Department of Transport Chief Executive Andrew Kirkman said the 13 new licences will position the Darwin taxi market to better meet customer demand and expectations.”

“The ballot should improve taxi services for residents and visitors, especially Territorians who are less mobile, and aims to reduce wait times.” Mr. Kirkman said.

“These new licences in Darwin build on the commercial passenger vehicle industry review undertaken in 2015 and are part of the package of initiatives approved by the Country Liberals Government.” Minister Chandler said.

The ballot will be drawn under the scrutiny of the Taxi Ballot Steering Committee and is open to the public.