Proposition for NT

The NT Government has released a position paper for the commercial passenger vehicle industry

Proposition for NT
Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Styles

The Northern Territory Government has released a position paper for public comment on proposed reforms involving the safety, reliability and quality of services currently provided by commercial passenger carrying vehicles in the territory.

Minister for Transport Peter Styles says the Territory Government wants to improve and create a modern, safe and innovative commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) industry.

"The aim of the position paper and consultation is to provide the basis for a competent and sustainable model, which allows for industry growth and development," he says.

"The Northern Territory Government is responsive to the pressures of population growth, has a focus on quality service and holds the needs of customers as its primary driver.

 "It is necessary to review the regulatory framework so we can offer opportunities for drivers and operators to achieve growth in the industry in a competitive market environment."

Industry briefings will form part of the consultation, and discussion is expected to include the removal of barriers for entry to the industry, reduction in red tape and compliance issues and strategies to improve customer service and industry best practice.

The CPV industry review forms part of both the Department of Transport’s strategic Roadmap to deliver better infrastructure and transport services, and the Northern Territory Government’s Framing the Future through the Prosperous Economy objectives by making the CPV industry more competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities.

"The CPV includes taxis, mini-buses, private hire vehicles including limousines, motor omnibuses, courtesy vehicles, special passenger vehicles, special purpose vehicles and tourist vehicles," says Styles.

"I invite passengers, drivers, operators and all CPV industry stakeholders to provide comments and suggestions to improve outcomes for all Territorians."

Submissions can be made online before January 25, 2015.

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