“I donâ€™t really see compensation, I think taxi plates have allowed people to make money out of the industry, itâ€™s reasonable to phase them out”.
“There are hard working taxi drivers who have mortgaged their homes to be able to have an investment in the industry, have a stake in the industry, and have a vested interest in delivering good service.
The State Government has been reviewing what it considered were major issues in the industry, including the quality of customer services and the protection of drivers.
There are no plans to compensate taxi plate-holders if the industry is deregulated in Western Australia, Transport Minister Dean Nalder has said.
“There is no doubt the taxi industry in WA needs to be reformed, but to be talking about deregulation without compensation for plate-owners is incredibly irresponsible,” he said.
“To deregulate it, without paying back the people the price they paid for their plates, would be an absolute outrage in the first instance, but, I believe, leave the state open for arguments in the courts for compensation”.
In response to the motion, Mr Nalder said deregulation of the taxi industry was “inevitable”.
Photo: Taxi plate-holders would not be compensated if the industry was deregulated.
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