NT introduces better taxi facilities for visitors

Published on : Saturday, June 25, 2016

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



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



The ballot will be held at 10am 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.



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



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

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