Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Chaotic Taxi Industry Needs More Regulation

20 September 2004

Chaotic Taxi Industry Needs More Regulation

Rt Hon Winston Peters is supporting calls from the New Zealand Taxi Federation for more controls on the taxi industry.

“Deregulation of the taxi driving industry has been a disaster, and the subsequent influx of taxi drivers is growing to an unmanageable level.

“The taxi industry is now in chaos,” said Mr Peters.

“One of the main reasons for the surge in numbers is the funding of immigrant taxi drivers into the industry by Work and Income. There are no controls on these numbers and cities like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are getting crowded with taxis.”

Mr Peters said that the reluctance to make cuts to the number of taxi drivers on city streets has meant that standards are falling, and that road safety, passenger safety and personal security has and is being jeopardised.

“Last year the Minister of Transport promised that the land Transport Amendment Bill would incorporate a number of changes to the regulation of the taxi industry, which included introducing an offence for an approved taxi organisation’s failure to comply with legislative requirements; and simplifying the operating rules for small passenger services.

“Legislation and enforcement hasn’t gone far enough.

“Illegal and unsafe practices, including tax evasion, overcrowding on inner city taxi ranks and unsafe driving is becoming rampant as the number of taxi drivers increase.

“The industry is in desperate need of better enforcement provisions to ensure that numbers and placements in taxi ranks are restricted and that agreed operating standards are met,” said Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election