​Queensland transport operators have been given help to support their customers through the COVID-19 downturn.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state government had approved a $54.5 million package that will allow regional air, bus and ferry services to keep running while social distancing measures remain in place.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said transport was an essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. “With this package, operators and the workers they employ can continue running services for up to six months as our economy recovers.”

Mr Bailey said the relief package was targeted to keep air, bus and ferry services running in communities where some of these services are was the only transport option.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Regional Aviation

  • Support for QantasLink, Regional Express (Rex), Skytrans and Hinterland Aviation to continue running air services on reduced schedules to regional and remote communities, to complement Federal grant funding, which will contribute to rebuilding to a more frequent timetable

Regional Buses

  • Support for bus operators to continue running services in Cairns, Innisfail, Townsville and Magnetic Island, Bowen, Whitsundays, Mackay, Yeppoon, Mt Morgan and Gracemere, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Elliott Heads, Maryborough and Hervey Bay, Gympie, Maleny, Kilcoy and Woodford, Minjerribah, Toowoomba and Warwick.

Regional Ferries

  • Support for ferry operators to keep running services on a reduced schedule to Thursday Island, Magnetic Island, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island.

Personalised Transport Industry

  • Extending existing booked hire/taxi driver authorisations and taxi/limousine licences for six months
  • A further waiver of the annual Taxi Industry Security Levy in 2019/20
  • Extending all existing booking entity authorisations for six months
  • Extending the refund policy for holders of booked hire service licences so they can receive a pro-rata refund if they choose to surrender their licence
  • Waiving fees for operators to de-register and re-register their vehicles.

Heavy Vehicles

  • Continuing the existing registration freeze by a year
  • Removing de-registration and re-registration fees.

Licence and Registration Fees

  • Fees to cancel licence or vehicle registration waived
  • Learner drivers won’t have to pay costs to renew learner licences renewed until they can book a practical driving test.

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