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Recognition - Taxi Driver of the Year

The Taxi Driver of the Year Awards was introduced in 1995 and held annually with the exception of 2003, 2006 and 2010. They are designed to give Taxi Drivers, the backbone of the industry, recognition for outstanding service in the industry.

Until 2014, the nominations were made through a nomination form held in the taxi. The 2014 became more “high tech” with nominations now through the website at www.sataxidriveroftheyear.com.au. The Taxi Council also welcomes nominations to our email address at admin@taxicouncilsa.com.au Passengers are encouraged to nominate taxi drivers who provide customer service that stands out from the crowd, keeping in mind the following criteria:

    Driver Knowledge and Skills
    Courtesy and Helpfulness
    Driver Vehicle and Presentation
    Safety and Comfort
    Service to Passengers with Special Needs



Special comments are asked for on the nomination page and those comments are taken into account by the judges. The drivers who receive the best most appropriate comments are personally interviewed at the completion of the awards by the judging panel. The driver presents himself for a personal interview. Questions at this interview normally relate to the taxi industry. The grand winner is announced at the gala dinner at the end of the awards. With the amount of nomination forms received increasing on an annual basis, it is clear that the drivers very well receive the awards. The committee believes that it is one of the essential ingredients in maintaining its place as the number one taxi provider in Australia.

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Lifetime membership awards

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Jeff Mattner

awarded 1987

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Ben Robinson

awarded 2002

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Wally Sievers

Awarded 2004

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Norm Cooper

awarded 2008

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Cheryle Conduit

Awarded 2011

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John Linn

awarded 2013

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Richard Holt

Awarded 2013

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George Grabczewski OAM B.C

Awarded 2015

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Steve Savas

Awarded 2018

Award Recipients


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Steve Savas

Taxi Council Member, Norm Cooper nominated Steve Savas for Life Membership and at this year’s Annual General Meeting the Members agreed. Steve was President for most of the 1990’s up until 2001. As a driver he commenced his association with the industry some 50 years ago. He purchased his first licence in 1969. As well as his terms as President, Steve has been a committee member for a significant part of the last 50 years. In addition, he has served on the Executive of the National Body, the ATIA. His industry contribution was also extended to be a Director of Taxi Owners Mutual and Suburban Transport Services.

Ben Robinson

Ben Floyd ROBINSON OAM
Award: Medal of the Order of Australia Date granted: 11 June 2001 for service to transport, particularly the taxi industry in South Australia.

Wally Sievers

Wolfgang SIEVERS OAM

Award: Medal of the Order of Australia Date granted: 11 June 2007 for service to the taxi industry in South Australia through administrative roles with a range of bodies.

Bill Gonis

Bill GONIS OAM Award: Medal of the Order of Australia Date granted: 26 January 2006 for service to the South Australian taxi and transport industry, and to the Greek community.


Zbigniew GRABCZEWSKI

Award: Medal of the Order of Australia 26 January 1996 for service to the Polish community and the taxi industry.
Officer Cross of Polonia Restitvta for Service to the Community April 1991 from the President of Poland "Lech Walesa"
Commander Cross, Order of Merit, Republic of Poland
Gold Medal for 50 years of service to the Polish Olympic Committee 1956-2006 Awarded by the Polish Olympic Committee





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