TAXIS — PLATES —
315. Hon AARON STONEHOUSE to the minister representing the
Minister for Transport:
thank the minister for her answer to question without notice 293 asked
yesterday. In an attempt to better understand the regulatory gatekeeper
unit's role in decisions such as the taxi plate buyback legislation, I ask
(1) If the
modelling undertaken by the Department of Finance in early 2017 informed, but
did not reflect, the final reforms adopted by the government, and if, as the
minister said, subsequent modelling was considered by the government, was that
subsequent modelling assessed by the regulatory gatekeeper unit within the
Department of Finance?
(2) If yes to
(1), will the minister table the RGU's advice on that subsequent
modelling; and, if not, why not?
(3) If no to (1),
why was the RGU not consulted on the subsequent modelling given the changes
that had been incorporated into it?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
impact of the 10 per cent levy was considered by members of government as part
of its consideration of the taxi plate buyback scheme.
Department of Transport has advised that the regulatory gatekeeping unit was aware
that different surcharge values were being considered. Given the direct
relation between the size and duration of the levy, the 10 per cent levy did
not add any new areas of impact to the industry or consumers compared with the
eight per cent assessed in the 2017 regulatory impact statement.