Victoria needs direction over future of taxi services

On 20/09/2019 by admin

Uber’s ridesharing service has offered simple, fast and affordable transport to Geelong residents for two years and has operated in Melbourne since 2012.
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However, there is nothing in place to protect users and no conditions around competitive use in the ridesharing industry.

Despite being legal in about 80 jurisdictions worldwide, Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Premier Daniel Andrews have madeno progress to provide any direction for the evolving market.

It seems likely that Uber’s service will arrive in regional areas, given that the company has advertised for drivers in Bendigo and Ballarat, but the wait for a regulatory response has postponed this expansion.

Uber may be well-supported in capital cities, we have different needs in the country.

It’s important to protect the taxi services that provide a range of important services over and above those traditionally used in Melbourne, particularly disability and insurance issues in more remote areas.

Regional community demographics differ vastly and there are cases, such as my small town of Colac, where residents are very dependent on one sole small business providing a taxi service.

It is unlikely Uber would provide this level of community support, but we need to be mindful of the potential impact even in larger provincial cities.

While other states and territories have quickly taken a position on Uber, Victoria stands alone in its inactivity. New South Wales has imposed a $1 per trip levy on taxi and ridesharing passengers for five years to pay for a $250 million compensation scheme.

It is now up to the state government to determine whether the conditions will allow Uber to successfully expand into regional markets without crushing the established taxi services.

Simon Ramsay, MPfor Western Victoria

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