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Monday, 20 October 1997
Page: 9328

(Question No. 2156)


Mr Barry Jones asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 27 August 1997:

(1) How many Comcar drivers were employed in each capital city on (a) 1 March 1996 and (b) 25 August 1997.

(2) With the increased use of private hire cars to provide transport for Members, Senators and senior officials, what steps have been, or will be, taken to ensure that drivers are able to make speedy and effective contact with their passengers at airports and other places of meeting.

(3) Will systems be instituted to ensure (a) passengers are able to recognise their drivers, including holding up notices with names on them or using colour coding and (b) drivers are able to recognise their passengers, including providing drivers with booklets containing photographs of Members of Parliament.


Mr Ruddock —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I am advised of the following details:

(a) 1 March 1996

StateFull TimeCasual Drivers
ACT41.576
NSW3513
VIC2418
QLD126
SA105
WA105
TAS25
Total134.5128
Total Drivers262.5

(b) 25 August 1997:

StateFull TimeCasual Drivers
ACT3870
NSW258
VIC2417
QLD126
SA104
WA75
TAS24
Total118114
Total Drivers232

(2) and (3) I am advised that, under the COMCAR Use Agreement (Buyers Guide 20)—Hire Car (Chauffeur Driven) and Executive Taxi Services, hire car drivers are required to meet Senators and Members at the designated Comcar meeting points at all airports. To help identify and locate customers, hire car drivers can display notices with the word "COMCAR" to assist passengers. They are instructed that they are not to use the customer's name on those display boards.