Palaszczuk Govt Releases Next Stage Of Taxi Industry Adjustment Assistance Package

Palaszczuk Govt Releases Next Stage Of Taxi Industry Adjustment Assistance Package

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey

Taxi And Limousine Hardship Payments Released

Victor P Taffa

Eligible taxi and limousine licence owners and operators can now apply for $26.7 Million in industry hardship payments as part of the next stage of the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 Million Industry Adjustment Assistance package (IAAP).

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said that eligible taxi and limousine owners and operators would be contacted by the Queensland Rural Adjustment Agency (QRAA), who was managing the release of payments.

“The fund is available to licence holders and operators and QRAA will accept applications until 28 July.” Mr. Bailey said.

“These payments ensure the taxi and limousine industry can transition to the new, fairer, framework we are implementing as a part of Stage 2 of Queensland’s Personalised Transport Horizon.”

Details of the industry hardship payments include:

  • Eligible taxi licence owners and operators will receive a payment of $9,000 per licence, with the payment shared 50/50 between owner and operator.
  • Eligible limousine licence holders and operators will receive a payment of $4,500, with the payment shared 50/50 between owner and operator.
  • Both will be capped at 10 licences per registered entity to ensure an equitable distribution of funds.

Mr. Bailey said that the payments were a part of the Palaszczuk Government’s personalised transport reforms announced in August 2016.

“We have overhauled the personalised transport industry with reforms that cut red tape, providing more choice for consumers.” Mr. Bailey said.

“By simplifying and reducing regulations, we are also creating a more level playing field for operators.”

“These changes will ensure the personalised transport industry remains modern and viable for the future.” Mr. Bailey said.