It has been pleasing to note that the NSW Taxi industry has seen some improvement in the demand for Taxis, since the easing of certain restrictions, recently announced by the NSW Government in June. These include;
Increase in the number of people allowed to socially gather
Re-opening of Restaurants, Cafes, Clubs and Pubs with social distancing guidelines
A slight increase in people returning to work in the Sydney CBD
The Queen’s birthday long weekend, which took place between 6th to 8th June 2020 saw some increase in Taxi patronage right across NSW. We were delighted to hear of towns in Regional NSW reach capacity with accommodation and venues booked out at a number of locations.
The recent Taxi Stimulus Assistance package announced by the NSW Government seems to be having some positive impact on Operators looking to re-register their vehicles before 30 June 2020. The concern still lies with those Operators who deregistered their vehicles prior to 1 May 2020.
The Point to Point Transport Commissioner in NSW has also issued a set of guidelines for operation of COVID safe Taxis in NSW. The guidelines mainly address the health, safety and wellbeing for passengers and taxi drivers in NSW (refer to the attached images). There are also government funded Point to Point Transport vehicle sanitisation stations in operation in the metropolitan Sydney as well as in regional NSW, with Dubbo being the first Regional location. This is a complimentary service for all point to point transport passenger service providers, including all taxis in NSW, entitling them to one sanitisation, per taxi, per day to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and further assist with maintaining driver and passenger safety.