Taxi Industry Advisory Committee
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee (TIAC) was established by the Minister for Transport, to assist both the Minister and the Department of Transport and Main Roads in progressing major priority initiatives identified under the Taxi Strategic Plan and prioritise its policy and legislative agenda to best address the needs of the taxi industry as a whole.
The Committee will consult with taxi industry stakeholders, consumers and relevant community stakeholders and provide feedback through the Committee to the department on the views of the various interest groups.
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee will identify its priorities (work program) for the year at the first meeting of each calendar year with progress reported at each meeting.
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee shall meet quarterly at an agreed time and location, however it is likely that regular meetings, potentially monthly, may be required in the initial phase of the process.
Subject to the availability of the committee, special ad hoc meetings may be held from time to time as required.
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee will:
- provide input on strategic and policy issues on the taxi industry as a whole
- assist the Department of Transport and Main Roads in progressing major priority initiatives identified under the Taxi Strategic Plan and prioritising its policy and legislative agenda to best address the needs of the taxi industry
- increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations for all industry stakeholders — operators, owners, drivers and dispatch booking companies within the industry — and the community in general.
Specifically, the Taxi Industry Advisory Committee will:
- identify and communicate ideas, concerns and issues relating to the taxi industry
- act as a conduit between the department and taxi industry bodies by communicating information about the project's status and outcomes from Committee meetings
- gather feedback on issues of interest to the department (as discussed in Committee meetings), from interest groups and the local community.
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee will facilitate a high level of cooperation between Government and taxi industry stakeholders in order to:
- achieve an industry that provides best practice service and industry standards
- meet sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes for the industry
- ensure a safe, reliable, efficient and economically viable industry for customers and industry participants
- identify innovative modes of service delivery in the taxi industry
- improve the integration of taxi services with other forms of public transport
- share information on emerging trends/new developments within the taxi industry
- promote a stable regulatory environment
- identify strategies to address specific and differing needs of the industry.
The Taxi Industry Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and taxi industry representatives, including representatives from:
- The Taxi Council of Queensland – Benjamin Wash
- SEQ taxi booking company – Bill Parker
- Regional Queensland taxi booking company – Layne Gardiner
- Regional Queensland taxi booking company – Max McBride
- Independent Taxi Driver – Adam Cole
- Independent Taxi Operator – Greg Collins
- Transport Workers Union of Australia – Bob Giddens
- Ethnic Community Council of Queensland – Mustafa Ally
- Disability Services Queensland – Paul Larcombe
- Queensland Taxi Advisers Incorporated – Ross Mutton
- Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland – Umesh Chandra.
The General Manager (Passenger Transport) can delegate the position of Chair of the Taxi Industry Advisory Committee to an independent facilitator.
Membership of the Taxi Industry Advisory Committee will be by written invitation issued by the Minister for Transport.
The Minister also has authority to invite any observers deemed necessary. Observers invited to attend Taxi Industry Advisory Committee meetings will not have the ability to vote or contribute to discussions.
The committee will have members who represent the interests of the taxi industry (including taxi drivers), unions, disability and other key user groups. Membership will be determined so as to ensure an appropriate geographic, ethnic and gender balance is maintained for the Committee.
A member will be appointed for a 12 month term and committee membership will be reviewed at the end of this period. Members may be reappointed to the committee at the discretion of the Minister.
Meetings take place at T-Central, Floor 6, 420 George Street, Brisbane. For further information contact the Taxi and Limousine Transport Unit on +61 7 3167 4352z.
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