The Regulator completed its taxi fare methodology inquiry and provided its Final Report
and the CIE's Final Report
to the Government on 30 May 2013.Consultation Paper
On 15 February 2013, the Regulator released its Consultation Paper
and media release
for the taxi fare inquiry.
The Consultation Paper and the Centre for International Economics (CIE) Draft Report
discuss issues associated with the current approach to setting fares and options for future arrangements.
Submissions were due on 3 April 2013.
The Regulator received four submissions. Anonymous driver Stephen Hingston Yellow Cabs Hobart and Taxis Combined Launceston Department of Infrastructure, Energy and ResourcesInquiry Request and Terms of Reference
On 31 August 2012, the Minister for Finance sent aRequest
to the Regulator to conduct an inquiry into, and recommend appropriate methodologies for, setting taxi fares in Tasmania.
In accordance with section 44(1) and section 44(2)(b) of the Economic Regulator Act
, the request originated from the Transport Commission and was approved by the Minister for Sustainable Transport.
TheTerms of Reference
for the Inquiry were also approved by the Minister for Finance on 31 August 2012 and endorsed by the Minister for Sustainable Transport during August 2012.
On 3 September 2012, the Regulator wrote to the Minister for Finance asking that consideration be given to amending theTerms of Reference to extend the date the Regulator is to submit its Final Report to the Transport Commission to 31 May 2013. The Regulator made this request so as it has sufficient time to conduct the desired level of consultation with industry participants and community stakeholders.
On 22 November 2012, the Minister for Finance approved the extension of the due date for the Final Report to 31 May 2013.
The Regulator engaged the services of the consultancy firm the CIE to assist with the review.
In preparing its report the CIE, in conjunction with staff from the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER), undertook initial consultation with taxi industry stakeholders and community groups. The purpose of this initial consultation was to seek industry participant views and input and to obtain operational and cost information on the Tasmanian taxi industry.