Top End CPV forum

The Top End Commercial Passenger Vehicle (CPV) forum was established to assist local industry with ensuring the transport needs of the travelling public are delivered in an efficient way.

The forum also provides greater opportunities for stakeholder cooperation and assists the Director with more informed decision making.

Meeting minutes

About the forum

Terms of reference

The Top End Commercial Passenger Vehicle (CPV) Forum is established by the Director of Commercial Passenger (Road) Transport (the Director) under section 5(2) of the Commercial Passenger (Road) Transport Act 1991. The Director determines Forum membership and how it is to operate.

Forum functions and objectives

The functions and objectives of the Forum are to:

  1. develop and promote cooperation between the various sectors of the CPV industry to improve and provide quality customer service
  2. resolve within the limits of the law all the matters it can relating to the day to day operation of CPVs in its region
  3. provide advice to the Director on matters that it cannot resolve and
  4. refer strategic matters to the Director for consideration.

Culture of the forums

In carrying out its functions, the Forum is guided by the principles of:

  1. serving the transport needs of the community
  2. providing a safe and reliable transport service
  3. meeting transport needs at times of peak demand and
  4. providing quality customer service at all times.

Forum operation


The Top End CPV Forum covers the Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy regions. Forum members may be comprised of representatives from the:

  • taxi industry
  • minibus industry
  • private hire and limousine industry
  • motor omnibus industry
  • rideshare industry
  • hospitality and retailers sector
  • tourism sector
  • city and/or regional council and
  • Northern Territory Government

The Director (and any representative) is considered to be a non-voting member and cannot be elected as Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson.

Other key stakeholders will be invited as required, which may include representatives from the disability, senior and youth sectors.

The Forum may either:

  • elect a member to be Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for a specified period, or
  • rotate the Chairperson role – where the Forum opts to rotate the role of Chairperson, the Forum shall elect the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson at the preceding meeting.


At a meeting of the forum:

  1. three (voting) members form a quorum
  2. the Chairperson or, if he or she is not present, the Deputy Chairperson, will preside
  3. all questions will be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and
  4. the Chairperson or, if he or she is not present, the Deputy Chairperson, has a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, also has a casting vote.


The forum will meet regularly, at a time determined by the Chairperson and notified to the members, but not less than two times per year.

Secretariat services

The Director is responsible for ensuring a representative is, or representatives are, available to carry out secretariat functions for the forum, including preparation of the agenda and meeting minutes.


Forum members will not be remunerated for meetings or functions carried out in their capacity as members.






Company name

Contact details

CHAIR Rotating Position - - General Enquiries
Contact Commercial Passenger Vehicles 
08 8924 7580 
MEMBER CPV Industry – Taxi
(Katherine & Nhulunbuy)
Ahmad (Sam) ABOLGHASEMI Katherine Taxis
MEMBER CPV Industry – Minibus Bill PIANTONI People Movers NT / Metro Mini Bus
MEMBER CPV Industry – Rideshare Brendan O'SULLIVAN Shebah
MEMBER CPV Industry – Rideshare Daniel BROUGHTON Hi Oscar
MEMBER CPV Industry – Tourist Vehicle David BURSLE Katherine Coaches
MEMBER Australian Hotels Association NT Des CROWE Australian Hotels Association NT (AHANT)
MEMBER Retail Sector Elena GOMATOS Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association
MEMBER Business – Tourism Glen HINGLEY Top End Tourism
General Manager
MEMBER CPV Industry – Motor Omnibus Glen MURRAY Territory Transit
MEMBER CPV Industry – Taxi Imran NADEEM Darwin Radio Taxis
MEMBER NT Airports Jordan SCHRAPEL NT Airports Pty Ltd
MEMBER CPV Industry – Taxi Helen OR
PACHOS Blue Taxi Company
MEMBER Consumers Local Government Pete HEFFERNAN The City of Darwin
Civil Engineering Officer
MEMBER CPV Industry – Private Hire Car and Limousine Ron FLEMING Private Hire Car/ Limousine
Owner/ Operator and Driver
MEMBER CPV Industry – Motor Omnibus
(Route Services)
Ross ROBERTSON Buslink
Operations Manager 
MEMBER Australian Hotels Association NT Sarah ANDREWS Australian Hotels Association NT (AHANT)
Government and Public Relations 
MEMBER NT Airports Shane DE WIT NT Airports Pty Ltd
Director Commercial

Last updated: 04 March 2020

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