Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) has advised members that unity is the key to success during the current challenging times for the industry. State President Max McBride said despite the difficulties the industry is facing in terms of licence values, Queensland is faring better than every other state due to the strength of the industry, the service quality of Queensland taxis and the approach by TCQ.
“Our members have stood side by side, which has gained us support from many key people, and as long as we continue to stand together I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is no quick fix and anyone who tells you there is, clearly has no idea of the complexity of legislation and what we have been dealing with.”
Mr McBride said TCQ was aware of people attempting to persuade owners to change course and start splinter groups, but “this would be disastrous” Let’s be clear – TCQ represents owners, operators, drivers and everyone else who is a part of this industry, and we are working for the best overall outcome for everyone.”
“In terms of licence values which have always been market driven, the objective is to stabilise the market so that licence values will normalise and increase in value once again. We should remember that in many jurisdictions across the world, licence values have rebounded following the right legislation and process.”
Mr McBride acknowledged the pain of all owners, pointing out that he owns several licences and shares the hope of other licence holders that values will return. “MPs have the power in their hands to bring about the right legislation, and they have been very clear that they will listen to us only when the industry stands as one. If we don’t we will fail.”
He reminded licence holders who receive correspondence and invoices from other groups that they do not represent TCQ and urged anyone who receives these and has questions to contact the TCQ office.
• TCQ advises members “to stick together.”