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Question Without Notice No. 615 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 June 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 June 2020

ON-DEMAND TRANSPORT INDUSTRY — RELIEF PACKAGE

615. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the $9 million relief package to support the taxi and on-demand transport industry.

(1) How many applications were made for the $2 500 cash payments and what was the total dollar value?

(2) What is the total number and total dollar value of applications in (1) that have been approved and for which grants have been disbursed to successful applicants?

(3) What is the total value of booking services and vehicle authorisation fees waived to date?

(4) What is the anticipated total cost of waiving the total value of booking services and vehicle authorisation fees for a full year?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Transport.

The $9 million on-demand transport industry relief package comprises $4.7 million in regional taxi assistance, in addition to the $3.7 million of assistance already provided to regional taxis during reforms; $1.5 million of $2 500 cash payments to over 600 authorised on-demand booking services that also hold an active passenger transport vehicle authorisation; $1.95 million to waive PTV authorisation renewal fees for 12 months; and $1 million to waive on-demand booking service authorisation renewal fees for 12 months. The following answers are to the honourable member's specific questions.

(1) There have been 652 applications received with a dollar value of $1.63 million.

(2) There have been 651 applications approved and disbursed; this totals $1.63 million.

(3) A total of $403 330 in on-demand booking services authorisations and $110 288 in passenger transport vehicle authorisation renewal fees have been waived to date.

(4) The anticipated total cost of waiving renewal fees for a full year is $0.96 million for on-demand booking services and $2.02 million for passenger transport vehicles.