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MEDIA RELEASES

April 20th, 2016
TCSA media release welcoming tough penalties and awareness campaign re assaults.

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April 14th, 2016
Taxi Council responds to the State Government’s announcement on ridesharing

The State Government’s decision to allow a nominal $85 license fee for Uber operators and those of other ridesharing companies is a hit to small ‘mum and dad’ investors and a win for big business. In a double whammy for taxis, the license fee for chauffeured vehicles, which had been $1912, has also been dropped to $85. Taxi Council SA (TCSA) President Jim Triantafyllou says the industry also strongly feels the $1 levy which has been proposed for all metropolitan trips should have been funded from an increased licence fee for rideshare operators and not from the general public.
Please click here for the full document

April 14th, 2016
Taxi Council responds to the State Government’s announcement on ridesharing

The State Government’s decision to allow a nominal $85 license fee for Uber operators and those of other ridesharing companies is a hit to small ‘mum and dad’ investors and a win for big business. In a double whammy for taxis, the license fee for chauffeured vehicles, which had been $1912, has also been dropped to $85. Taxi Council SA (TCSA) President Jim Triantafyllou says the industry also strongly feels the $1 levy which has been proposed for all metropolitan trips should have been funded from an increased licence fee for rideshare operators and not from the general public.
Please click here for the full document

March 31, 2016
Liberal’s Plan for Uber Will Destroy Small SA Businesses & ‘Mum & Dad’ Investors

Taxi Council SA (TCSA) says the Liberal’s plan for the legalisation of UberX completely ignores the devastating impact it would have on the 20 thousand South Australians (and their families) working in the taxi industry.
It is very disappointing that the Liberals did not consult with Taxi Council SA before announcing this plan. The taxi industry, worth $200 million a year to the state’s economy, is a significant South Australian employer and supports many small business owners.
“These are people who rely on the ongoing health and viability of the SA taxi industry,” said TCSA President Jim Triantafyllou. “For many of those people, who are ‘mum and dad’ investors, their taxi licence (plate) is their superannuation heading into retirement.” “The hardship they face into the future has not been considered as a real consequence of the Liberals ill-conceived plan.” Around 70 per cent of the SA taxi licences are owned by single licence owners and about 10 percent by dual licence owners.
In recent times taxi plates have been bought and sold for as high as $410,000 but the push for an ill thought through model of ride sharing has decreased confidence and the value of licences has markedly decreased not only in Adelaide but across Australia. “Even in NSW, when the Liberal Government legalised UberX, they offered a compensation package but it was completely inadequate when compared with the impact,” Mr Triantafyllou said. “To release a plan which shows no respect for those who’ve worked tirelessly, night and day, to provide a service to the public, is incredibly disappointing.”
TCSA will continue to await the outcome of the State Government’s review which has assessed in detail the contribution of the taxi industry, the hire care industry and the concept of ride-sharing. “In the meantime, we’ll continue to focus on delivering improvements to taxi services for the travelling public.”
Last week, the taxi industry announced the long awaited approval of taxi booking app ‘ihail’ which will revolutionise the experience for South Australian cab users. ‘ihail’ will give users access to all cabs from all companies in the area and will improve waiting times, offer real-time tracking, and the ability to pre-book, without any price surging even in peak times.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Haack on 8418 7500
Please see In Daily article quoting both TCSA President Jim Triantafyllou and Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan.
ARTICLE HERE
MEDIA RELEASE HERE
Please feel free to share this information widely within the industry and with industry and community friends. We welcome Minister Mullighan’s strong comments on everyone, including Uber, obeying the law - at the risk of being prosecuted if they don’t - and cooperating with the review

SA TAXI DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

SA TAXI DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The vital role of the South Australian taxi industry was highlighted at the prestigious South Australian Tourism Awards on Friday 13th November 2015.

A 13-year veteran of the taxi industry, Haider Ali-Shah received one of the major awards of the night, taking out the honour of being named the South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year.

The award celebrates the taxi industry’s commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction and is great acknowledgement of its positive impact on the State’s tourism experience.

Haider’s business card reads ‘for courtesies too often forgotten’ and reflects his everyday commitment to creating a great customer experience.

Runner’s up Darryl Nicholls and Casimir Fung are also wonderful ambassadors for the taxi industry and can be very proud of their efforts in providing superior service to taxi patrons.

 

 

SEPT 1ST 2014

Taxi Industry to be acknowledged

amongst SA’s Tourism Elite

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