Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Politician and Media Inspired Inquiry Summons Taxi Mafia, “Shifty Nifty”, Director General of Musical Chair, …

Politician and Media Inspired Inquiry Summons Taxi Mafia, "Shifty Nifty", Director General of Musical Chair, … .

The approach of the NSW Taxi Council Limited is blatant and sugar coated i.e. NO MORE taxi plates. This approach is to ensure investor control as in many ways 90% taxis are under the thumbs of the investors and taxi bases. All these years they have manipulated the lease price and thereby the taxi plate price contrary to the wishes and interests of the state and public in general. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission must investigate this aspect of collusion and anti-competitive policies and practices with proper assistance of the NSW Transport and Infrastructure.

Many of those taxis mentioned above are not on the road because of operator A, B and C!

Operator A: Ruthless person and believes in charging the harsh and unjust maximum pay-ins to bailee drivers. This one will send 50 taxis on the road at the rate of $80 (for example) to make $4000.00. This person also believes such a scenario will reduce maintenance cost and will increase profit thereby.

Operator B: Not a bad fellow. B will send 60 taxis at the rate of $60 (for example) to make $3600.00 and so forth. Considering the extra maintenance cost, despite providing more service, Operator B will be making less profit. It is dumb, anti-public and anti-service.

Operator C: These good folks drive themselves and do not want to engage bailee taxi drivers to reduce their workers' compensation premium and insurance cost. Again a lesser service oriented environment is not encouraging to utilise most taxi cabs!

The NSW TDA: The remaining three and a half (out of 12 elected) Committee Members of the NSW Taxi Drivers Association for many reasons fighting to say NO MORE taxi plates to protect their meagre income! They are not realising that a fairer arrangement at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission can provide them a minimum income according many Case Laws of this land. More taxi plates with pro-service conditions got very good potential to eliminate ruthless Operator A and enhance more income.

Most importantly, taxi plates got no intrinsic value and they are the property of the state and public. Therefore; they must be utilised for the benefit of the state and public in general. Please note plates provide nothing. Nothing of any use! $400,000 to provide nothing! $28,600PA for nothing!! Except higher operator costs!!! Higher pay-ins and higher taxi fares!?

Again let's get the five point agenda correct!

Five Vital Components of the Taxi Industry

1. Taxi Industry is a service oriented industry.

2. Taxi Passengers must be given a safe and comfortable ride.

3. Taxi Drivers must be provided with a safe workplace and safer work practices.

4. Taxis plates are the property of the state and general public.

5. Taxis licenses must be used for the benefit of the people of New South Wales. Both the commuter and workers within the taxi industry must benefit not just a few privileged "stake-holders" as is the present situation.

However, the NSW Transport and Infrastructure's Conspiracy to Cove Up Crimes, Desperate Issues Papers and many more evidence clearly demonstrate the fact that the NSW T&I is openly and madly in love with taxi plates and interests of taxi investors contrary to the wishes and interests of the state, travelling public, taxi operators, bailee drivers and society in general!

Can any one explain how and from what authority the NSW T&I gained such a power like Rasputin?

Faruque Ahmed


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Saturday, 6 March 2010

For more: Sydney Taxi Corruption

Cabcharge boss gets summons to inquiry


March 3, 2010

Sydney's taxi tsar, Reg Kermode, will be forced by subpoena to give evidence before a parliamentary inquiry into the taxi industry.

The NSW parliamentary inquiry was set up following revelations, published in the Herald, that Cabcharge has been the chief beneficiary of a scheme which provided Sydney's powerful taxi networks with millions of dollars worth of taxi licences for free.

In February, during a three-day public hearing, Mr Kermode, Cabcharge's executive chairman, declined to appear, citing legal advice.

Last week, however, he was issued with a letter from the select committee running the inquiry, which demanded he take up a renewed invitation to appear as a witness or else he will receive an enforceable summons.

Three others have also been invited again to appear before the inquiry: Jim Glasson, the Transport Department's former director-general and now the chief executive of ComfortDelgro Cabcharge; Neville Wran, the former NSW premier; and Bruce Baird, the former transport minister in the Greiner government.

But of the four who received a second invitation to appear, it is only Mr Kermode who faces a summons should he decline.

Cabcharge is already fighting a high-profile case in the Federal Court which has been brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The commission alleges that Cabcharge has abused its market power and forced others out of the multibillion-dollar industry. Cabcharge denies all such allegations.

Christopher Brown, the head of the NSW Tourism and Transport Forum, has told the inquiry that Sydney's taxi services have suffered while ''we have seen the development of cartels, powerful interests and even collusive practices that have led to negative outcomes for both passengers and drivers''.

''I applaud the efforts of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which is prosecuting Cabcharge for alleged anti-competitive behaviour ,'' he said.

He said the industry needed a complete overhaul.

''I can guarantee that Cabcharge lurks at the centre - Cabcharge's fingerprints are there somewhere. It is at the epicentre of the taxi industry and where the problems exist because there is not enough competition.''

This week, the government announced the first of 100 new taxi licences have been issued, after it reneged on its original promise to release an unlimited number of new licences.

The government also released a discussion paper which revealed that while Western Australia's taxi fleet grew by 25 per cent between 2003 and 2007, Sydney's fleet has grown less than 1 per cent.

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