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Adelaide Taxi Industry Studies

Name of Collection
Adelaide Taxi Industry Studies

Administrative Officer
Transport Systems Centre
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471

Telephone: Adelaide 08 8302 1771
Facsimile: Adelaide 08 8302 1880
Email: kylie.cook.@unisa.edu.au
Internet: http://www.unisa.edu.au/

To provide an insight and establish trends in the Adelaide taxi industry based on quantitative evidence, for the benefit of regulatory and commercial users.

The Adelaide Taxi Industry Baseline Study was performed in 1996, and subsequent studies, funded by the South Australia Passenger Transport Research and Development Fund, are planned every two years.

Under the guidance of a reference group, data were assembled from a variety of sources including driver worksheets, rank observations, analysis of radio booking data, accreditation data, commissioned surveys of customers and job advertisements (for drivers).

In a series of nine two-week surveys, driver worksheets were sent out to a sample of 100 drivers. Radio booking data were obtained from all radio companies covering the entire 1996 period of operation. Nine rank observation surveys were conducted over 24 metropolitan sites for one week periods (typically consisting of four hours observation per day). These observations used 23 trained observers completing specialised field sheets.

Data Detail
Trip and shift details:

  • Revenue per trip;
  • Revenue per total kilometre;
  • Revenue per shift;
  • Revenue per active hour;
  • Trips per shift;
  • Passengers per trip;
  • Total kilometres per shift;
  • Average shift length;
  • Percentage of live kilometres;
  • Percentage of live time;
  • Proportion of each means of engagement (telephone, rank, hail);
  • Proportion of each method of payment (e.g. cash); and
  • Origin/destination.

Taxi details:
  • Number of taxis and a breakdown of each type (general, special, standby); and
  • Number of the different taxi operational modes (e.g. owner-operators).

Telephone booking details:
  • Daily booking totals.

Passenger details:
  • Average pick-up delay time after telephone booking;
  • Waiting time at selected ranks; and
  • Attitudinal survey.

Geographic Coverage
Metropolitan Adelaide.

Frequency of Data Availability
Complete data are released in about April of the year after a study is completed.
Historical Data
The baseline study was conducted in 1996. A subsequent study was conducted in 1998.

Products and Services
Radbone, I, Primerano, F and Clement, SJ (1997). Adelaide Taxi Industry Baseline Study 1996. Final Report 10 April 1997, SA Passenger Transport Board.
Primerano, F, Clement, SJ, and Radbone, IG (1997). The Adelaide Taxi Industry Baseline Study: Design and Delivery. Papers of the 21st Australian Transport Research Forum, Vol. 2, pp. 901-16.

Example of Information Available

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