Cabcharge Australia Limited - proposed acquisition of Yellow Cabs Queensland


  • Cabcharge Australia Limited


  • Yellow Cabs Queensland

Market definition

The ACCC considered the effects of the proposed acquisition on the following markets:
- The supply of network services to taxi operators in Brisbane and surrounds
- The supply of booking and dispatch services to personalised transport service operators and drivers nationally and locally
- The supply of personalised transport services to the public in Brisbane and surrounds
- The supply of non-cash payment processing services to personalised transport service operators in Australia.

Competition analysis

The ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the relevant markets.

While Cabcharge owns and operates taxi networks in other Australian States, it does not operate any taxi networks in Queensland. As such, there is no direct overlap between Cabcharge and Yellow Cabs in Queensland.

The ACCC considered whether the proposed acquisition would increase the barriers to entry in Queensland for rival providers of non-cash payment processing services to personalised transport service operators.

The ACCC noted the proliferation of competing non-cash payment processing providers, and the rapid expansion of ridesharing services, such as Uber. These developments have lessened the likelihood that Cabcharge could foreclose rival payment processing system providers.

The ACCC also considered whether the supply by Cabcharge of payment terminals and meters to competitors of Yellow Cabs could substantially lessen competition, because Cabcharge would have access to information about Yellow Cabs' competitors. The ACCC did not consider that the information would give Cabcharge a significant competitive advantage or lead to a substantial lessening of competition. However, if it can be shown that Cabcharge has used such information in an anti-competitive manner, the ACCC may be able to take action under the other competition provisions.


27/04/2017ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
08/05/2017ACCC requested further information from Cabcharge. ACCC timeline suspended.
17/05/2017Timeline recommenced.
22/05/2017Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
22/06/2017ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.