Taxing times: The popularity of car sharing slows down industry revenue growth

Intensifying external competition has characterised the Taxi and Limousine Transport industry over the past five years. While industry services are well accepted across most demographics, they are often considered discretionary and are easily substituted. Weak discretionary income growth and negative consumer sentiment over the past five years have suppressed overall demand for taxi services, with consumers flocking to cheaper transport providers such as UberX, which is currently excluded from the industry. Industry revenue is forecast to rise modestly at an annualised 0.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $5.6 billion. This includes a decline of 1.2% in the current year, as competitive threats from ride-sharing services more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Taxi fares have remained higher than consumers are willing to pay, reducing travel volumes
  • Due to the taxi segment’s highly regulated nature, the rate of change in pricing and participation is low
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry is characterised by moderate barriers to entry, most of which are due to regulation and industry operating standards. Cost can also provide a significant barrier to entry, with operators required to invest in costly licences prior to entering the industry.Taxi licencesA substantial capital investment is required to buy a taxi licence. Market prices for taxi licences are volatile and change from year to year. Prices may reflect factors that affect future profitability, such as trends in tourism, business and consumer numbers and government-determined availability. If the licence owner wants to operate, they then need to purchase a vehicle that is approved by legislation. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Effective cost controls
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Air passenger movements through capital city airports and Total visitor nights in the Taxi and Limousine Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry?

    Participants in this industry primarily operate taxicabs or private hire cars, or provide specialty road transport services such as wedding cars. The industry currently excludes ride-sharing services, such as UberX, as this service is yet to be fully legalised and regulated in all states and territories of Australia.

    Industry Products
  • Non-booked taxi services
  • Booked taxi services
  • Limousine and wedding car services
  • Silver service and luxury sedan services
  • Wheelchair-accessible taxi services
  • Industry Activities
  • Hire care service (with driver)
  • Road passenger transport (except bus)
  • Taxi cab management service
  • Taxi cab service
  • Taxi radio base operation
  • Leasing, hiring or renting of licensed taxi cabs
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Air passenger movements through capital city airports
  • Total visitor nights
  • Business confidence index
  • Real household discretionary income

  • Current Performance
  • Taxi markets
  • Taxi regulation
  • Other segments
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Technology
  • Regulation
  • Table: Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Travel Agency and Tour Arrangement Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle New Parts Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Telecommunications and Other Electrical Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Non-booked taxi services
  • Booked taxi services
  • Silver service and luxury sedan services
  • Wheelchair-accessible taxi services
  • Limousine and wedding car services
  • Chart: Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Tourists
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Taxi and Limousine Transport

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Taxi and Limousine Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Stands for global positioning system, which is a satellite navigation system.
  • Maxi Taxi
  • Taxis that can be wheelchair accessible on request, have extra rear luggage space and up to 13 seats.
  • Special Purpose Vehicle License
  • Licenses allowing the provisions of booked vehicles for a specific purpose such as tours and formal events.
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis
  • Vehicles that have been modified to accommodate at least one wheelchair or mobility device.
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