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NSW Legislative Assembly Questions and Answers on Additional Assistance Payment Scheme

9323 – ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE PAYMENT SCHEME

 

Donato, Philip to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
  1. How can the Government justify the amount of Additional Assistance Payment Scheme for the Taxi industry?
  2. Why has only $92 million of the $250 million offered been paid out to those who were approved for the Additional Assistance Payment Scheme?
  3. How does the Government justify the delay of the compensation package and the time of only thirteen weeks for those eligible applicants to apply?
Answer –
I am advised:

  1. As the Member is aware, the Government was one of the first governments in Australia to reform the point to point transport industry to allow ridesharing companies to operate legally. The NSW Government’s legalisation of ridesharing in New South Wales in December 2015, and other point to point transport reforms, have delivered greater choice and flexibility for customers. However, the changes have not been easy for many in the taxi and traditional hire car industries. As such, a temporary Passenger Service Levy was introduced from 1 February 2018. The $1 per trip levy applies to all point to point transport service providers in New South Wales, including taxis, hire cars and rideshare services. The levy funds an industry adjustment assistance package of up to $250 million, helping people who have put their life savings into the industry and are now doing it tough. The levy will be in place for no more than five years or until the maximum of $250 million is reached.
  2. The premise of your question is wrong. More than $92 million has been paid out to the industry to date.
  3. The premise of your question is wrong. There has been no delay. It was determined by the Taxi and Hire Vehicle lndust’ry Assistance Panel (which includes representatives of the NSW Taxi Council) that a period of three months was considered an appropriate period of time for persons to lodge applications for additional assistance under the Scheme.
Question asked on 20 September 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 202
Answer received on 25 October 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 211

 

The responses provided by the NSW State Government are in the screenshot below.

Additional Assis Payment Scheme Ques and answers

https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/papers/Pages/qaprofiles/additional-assistance-payment-scheme_240338.aspx

 

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