NSW Taxi Council deputy chief executive officer Nick Abrahim said electric taxis are a future potential for Bathurst, after a recent visit to the Central West.
Mr Abrahim visited Bathurst on Wednesday afternoon, where he discussed a wide range of topics with Bathurst Regional Council including taxi law reforms, recent initiatives by Bathurst Taxis and how Bathurst Taxis help put back into the local economy.
He was also extremely impressed by the first permanent Tesla Supercharger station, which was opened earlier this week.
He applauded the new initiative by the Bathurst community and said the NSW Taxi Council would look at bringing electric taxis to the city.
"It was very pleasing to see the level of interest by the Bathurst councillors in terms of innovation and future technology," he said.
"I took a visit to the charging station [on Durham Street]. I was blown away and it was a great example of leading the way and embracing technology that will be good for the community and the environment, as well as improving services.
"At this stage, we're still in discussion but we'd love to look at bringing electric taxis to the Bathurst community."
And while Mr Abrahim spoke strongly on his support for introducing electric taxis to Bathurst in the future, he always mentioned the massive benefits Bathurst Taxis bring to the local community, as well as Bathurst Taxi's new innovations.
"The other point [I made to council] was Bathurst Taxis is a locally operated business, run by local drivers and operators that are supporting the local community, as well as giving back," he said.
@nswtaxi Deputy CEO @NickAbrahim Joins the Chairman and Promotions Manager of Bathurst Taxis at a meeting with @BathurstCouncil to discuss Point to Point Transport Reforms, as well as important services provided by Bathurst Taxis to the local community. pic.twitter.com/d94nKNOEME— NSW Taxi Council (@nswtaxi) April 10, 2019
"The fares they change are going back into the community, for local groceries or the pub. Whatever it is, they're really making a contribution to the economy.
"As well, we're already seen some new innovations with introducing the country taxi call centre, but we've also seen Bathurst Taxis launch their app."
Mr Abraham also wanted to thank the support Bathurst Taxis has received from the community.
"That was quite evident when Uber announced its entry into the Bathurst market. We definitely saw a vocal response from the local travelling community, especially the disability community," he said.
"We really appreciate their support, especially council's, to make sure Bathurst Taxis is a viable service for the future.
"Whether it's at 2am in the morning coming home from the pub, Bathurst Taxis will be there to help, during peak services and quiet times."
Mr Abraham also discussed point to point transport reforms, which was introduced by the NSW Government in 2017.