Introduction

Our Objectives

  1. To represent Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners in matters associated with the South Australian Taxi industry, at the State and national level.
  2. To be recognised and accepted within the South Australian Taxi industry, and by the levels of government as the legitimate body representing the interests of the Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners.
  3. To liaise and consult with the Taxi Council of South Australia, local, State and Commonwealth governments on matters relevant to the Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners.
  4. To review and provide comments on relevant proposed legislation changes, reviews, working groups and other operational matters relevant to the Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners.
  5. To promote harmony between all interest groups within the South Australian Taxi industry.
  6. To provide information relevant to the taxi industry to its members.
  7. To promote, maintain and protect the interests and rights of its members.
  8. To operate and maintain the Association website.
  9. To provide relevant services to the Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners.

Contact Us: atloa@atloa.com.au

Local News – Lost Concierge Funding, STS, ATO

ADELAIDE.

Monitored taxi ranks at risk of closure: Taxi Council

Taxi companies are angry they have lost funding for a concierge service at city ranks
Miles Kemp, The Advertiser
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REVELLERS in the city and Glenelg will be less safe if concierges and security guards are removed from taxi ranks because of funding cuts, the taxi industry warns.
Taxi Council SA has no ongoing funding for managed ranks after Adelaide Airport, the major backer of the program, said it would restrict its funding to airport ranks.
The cut comes as industry insiders argue the potential for violence between their drivers and Uber operators has become a weekly threat, especially at the Hindley St rank where Uber drivers have been accused of trying to poach fares illegally.
“There is real trouble brewing down here, especially on the busy nights, and we need more people to keep the peace, not less,’’ one taxi driver told The Advertiser.
The service has been provided since 2002, but beginning this week, airport funding is being phased out over six months. The service needs $300,000 a year to operate but the only other funding is $81,000 from the State Government to the end of this year.
“The industry doesn’t have any funds to make up the shortfall,’’ Taxi Council SA president Steve Savas said.
“It is currently assessing what this will mean, with a likely reduction in ranks and the possible removal of the concierges.
“Beyond the end of the year, they have no funding guaranteed and may have to shut the program altogether.”
Mr Savas said the council had requested an urgent meeting with Transport Minister Stephan Knoll to find options for keeping the service.
Mr Knoll said: “I’m happy to sit down with the Taxi Council and discuss the situation.”
Mr Savas said one of the purposes of the scheme was to provide a “safe and secure” service during peak times.
“It’s just another blow for our industry which has had an incredibly tough run since the introduction of (Uber) ride-share,” he said.
A spokesman for Adelaide Airport said it would continue to provide funding for the service and other taxi facilities at the airport, but not elsewhere.
“In addition, we’re constructing a new taxi drop-off zone closer to the main terminal,” the spokesman said.
The driver who spoke to The Advertiser said the service had a strong focus on security for young revellers at ranks in Hindley St, Morphett St, North Tce, Pulteney St and King William St in the Adelaide CBD, and at Glenelg.
The program also helps to keeps the peace at Adelaide Oval events, the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, and the Adelaide 500.
Mr Savas said the funding cut by Adelaide Airport came at a time when other authorities were increasing safety measures after dark in the CBD.
ADELAIDE.
STS, (Suburban Taxi Services) have acquired the Upton/Jet Industries taxi fleet which will be operated under their Fleet Management Services division. Additionally, we have been advised that the lease management fee of $3 + GST has been removed from STS’s lease agreements.
ATO NEWS.
1) Unfortunately, we can confirm that in the majority of cases the Taxi Assistance payments to license holders will be declared as Income and therefore taxable. This is a major blow for many within the industry. Lobbying is still continuing.
2) Richard Watts has shown considerable initiative in contacting the ATO again to obtain the current cents per kilometre rate which the ATO uses as a benchmark in calculating your taxi income. Presently it is set at $1.30 per kilometre and for ride share it is set at $0.68 per kilometre. Both are to be reviewed for the 2018-19 Financial year. These figures are important when evaluating your business. They become even more important to existing and potential ride share operators when the current operating costs of either a petrol or hybrid Toyota Camry is $0.68 per kilometre according to the RACV. It raises more questions than answers but definitely confirms what we all have been saying within the industry.

QUEENSLAND.

Moves are underway by Queensland Taxi License owners through the QTLOA (Queensland Taxi License Owners Association) in seeking to instigate legal action against the Queensland State Government for allowing ride share to operate illegally. The forecasted approximate cost of legal costs are in the vicinity of $620,000 which will be initially funded by commitments from taxi license owners @ $1,000 per license. This may not be a one off cost as it will depend on the uptake from license holders and length of the ongoing legal action. We wish them all the best and will keep you up to date on the process.

BENDIGO.

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5506558/driver-sees-dark-times-for-bendigo-taxi-industry/

DARWIN.

UBER is coming to the ¬Northern Territory.
The NT News understands the multinational ride-sharing company has reneged on its decision not to set up in the NT after complaining the fee structure enacted by the NT Government was too ¬expensive.
Industry sources have ¬revealed Transport Minister Eva Lawler will announce the Uber news at a press ¬conference today.
It is understood the Government has not made any changes to its regulations in order to entice Uber to the NT.
Although Uber’s arrival will infuriate the taxi industry, it is a win for consumers who will have more transport options at cheaper prices.
A Gunner Government spokesman would not confirm if Uber were coming to the Territory.
Uber and the NT Government have been locked in a stalemate for more than a year, with each side unwilling to compromise on regulations needed to allow the company to operate.
In April 2017, Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison ¬announced a suite of reforms – worked through with a steering committee which included representatives from Uber – needed to open the market to ride-sharing.
When Uber baulked at the regulations, they were put on hold until earlier this year.
Perth outfit Hi Oscar ¬became the first ride-sharing business to set up shop in the NT in February.
Under the new regulatory framework, taxi licence fees were slashed from $20,240 to $5000 in Darwin and $16,445 to $4000 in Alice Springs in order to placate cabbies.
To offset the decreases in ¬licence fees, the Government introduced a $1 levy for all rides in both taxis and ride-sharing services.
Taxis drivers have objected to ride-sharing businesses eating into their already diminishing profit margins. They claim passengers with disabilities are worse off as wheelchair-equipped taxis would be the first to succumb to pressure from ride sharing.

USA.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article214277394.html

PERTH Assault

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/perth-uber-driver-on-sex-assault-charges-after-woman-attacked-ng-b88873005z

Uber passenger fined in Perth

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/the-uber-mistake-you-might-be-making-that-could-cost-you-200/news-story/1633504529c0a073db540a455d9af33f

In South Australia, the offence could set you back up to $1250.
It is also illegal to drink in a taxi in NSW and Victoria and offenders can face fines of up to $1100.

The term ‘to drink’ includes having an open container inside public vehicles, which includes Uber vehicles and other taxi apps.