Here is a snip from The Age in 2013:
Melbourne's familiar yellow taxis will soon be changing colour in a bid to spark competition and improve industry standards.
The move to introduce alternative colours to the current yellow taxi scheme has been approved by the Taxi Services Commission as part of an overhaul of the industry.
The commissioner, Graeme Samuels, has announced smaller taxi networks will be allowed to paint their cabs different colours as part of attempts to stimulate competition in the industry.
It is part of a raft of industry changes that also include more stringent driver testing and changes to the licensing system.
"You might see cabs that are, I don't know, lime green or blue," he said.
"What you'll be able to do is go to a taxi rank and say I want to pick a particular colour because I understand they provide a much better quality service, they've got better quality drivers."
If you've ever watched a taxi rank operating, I can tell you this promoting competition is load of nonsense. You take the taxi at the head of the queue. They are often so tightly parked that it would be impossible for any taxi but the first to move anyway. How would you be at the airport in the taxi queue trying to choose a certain coloured taxi? If you hail a cab on the street, you want the first one that appears and are not likely to wait and choose by colour. Yes, you can choose your taxi company when you make a phone or app booking, but whatever colour it may be makes no difference if you use your preferred company.
Could the foolish idea be connected to the ending of car manufacturing in Australia? Too hard to specify imports in taxi yellow?
The easily visible yellow taxis.
The not so easily visible other coloured taxi. Tossers!