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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 151

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Which authority controls the operation of taxi cabs in the Australian Capital Territory.

(2)   How many taxi registration plates are in existence at present, and when was the number fixed.

(3)   Is the Minister satisfied with the availability of taxis for persons leaving Parliament House between S.45 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. if not what action is being undertaken to increase the number of taxis in the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesrMinister for Civil Aviation) The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) The Department of the Interior controls the operation of taxi cabs in the Australian Capital Territory and there have been 79 taxi plates since January 1970.

(3)   The hour from 5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. represents a peak time in taxi use and it is not economically feasible to have sufficient licensed cabs to obviate all potential delays. The matter of increasing the number of plates will be examined by the Taxi Council when established shortly.

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