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Taxi Industry Inquiry

On 28 March 2011, the Victorian State Government announced a major independent inquiry into the Victorian taxi and hire car industry.

Professor Allan Fels AO was appointed to Chair the inquiry. Professor Fels was assisted by Dr David Cousins AM.

The inquiry undertook a comprehensive investigation into all aspects of the taxi and hire car industry and recommended a set of reforms to the government focusing on achieving better outcomes for the travelling public.

The issues considered by the inquiry were complex and long standing and required thorough examination and openness to all ideas and perspectives. The different models and approaches to taxi and hire car regulation in Australia and overseas were also examined.

Draft report

The inquiry formally commenced on 12 May 2011 with the release of its first official background paper titled Setting the Scene. Its Draft Report was released for public comment on 31 May 2012:

Submissions to the Draft Report closed on 13 July 2012 and Public Hearings were undertaken on 13 and 14 August 2012.

Final report

A Final Report Customers First: Service, Safety, Choice was made publicly available on 12 December 2012 and a further consultation on the final recommendations was undertaken to 30 January 2013:

The inquiry also prepared a summary document which provided an overview of the Final Report: –

Victorian Government response

The government announced its response to the inquiry's proposed reforms on Tuesday 28 May 2013 accepting most recommendations in full or in part.

Research and technical papers

The inquiry commissioned research and reports to further its understanding of the taxi and hire car industry.

Commissioned research papers: