If ride-share giant Uber launches in Dubbo the chairperson of Dubbo Radio Cabs fears the number of transport options in the city might end up declining.
"We provide 24/7 service here in Dubbo, we never shut down," Greg Collin said.
"I believe we'd see a decline in drivers [if Uber launched]. Any wage loss would see them looking for other work.
"Our biggest concern about our competition would be that they would cherry pick, in the sense of [offering to pick up passengers] just the busy times and they'd just go home and leave us to clean up."
Mr Collin said a total of 24 taxis and more than 65 drivers currently service Dubbo.
If those numbers declined because Uber took revenue from taxi drivers during busy periods, Mr Collin said he feared it would mean taxi services in quieter times - like from Monday to Wednesday - would end up being cut back.
"They [taxi drivers]really rely on those busy nights," he said.
When Uber began operating in Bathurst and Orange in December 2018 the company said it had no plans to launch in Dubbo but community members on social media have called for the extra transport option to be launched in the city.
Mr Collin commented about the potential impact of Uber when he and the NSW government's point to point transport commissioner Anthony Wing visited the Daily Liberal office in Dubbo on Tuesday.
Mr Wing's commission is the regulator of the taxi, ride-share and hire vehicle industries, and he said while the government had made it easier for new players like Uber to offer more competition, existing players like taxi operators were also able to expand their services.
He was in Dubbo to talk with local service providers about driver and passenger safety.
"We're being proactive here, we're actually getting out to talk to people before there's an issue to make sure the systems are running safely," commissioner Wing said.
"We want people to be confident the industry is well run and the safety of passengers and drivers is the top priority for both the regulator and the industry's service providers."
Mr Collin said he was pleased to see commissioner Wing in Dubbo.
"Dubbo Radio Cabs welcome the commissioner out here because it shows that he's got an interest and wants to keep his finger on the pulse," Mr Collin said.
"He's made it quite clear they want to work with us and not against us.
"Our goals are their goals, to make sure we provide a safe environment and also most importantly for our customers and other road users."