Uber Finally Legal, But At What Cost?

Some great news for NSW has just passed as Uber has been legalized today.

However, there are still some significant policy blunders that are going ahead:

 

  • Traditional taxis will have exclusive rights to pick up from ranks and off the street.

  • Traditional taxis will be the only service allowed to access Sydney Airport.

  • Uber drivers now have to pay a licence fee.

  • Uber drivers will undergo criminal checks, despite being statistically safer than traditional taxis.

  • Compensation will be paid out to those who own taxi plates

  • There is now a scaled compensation fund for taxi plate owners who are "eligible for a bigger payout."


The NSW government has unfortunately, taken our message literally, and is continuing to support the obsolete taxi industry.

 

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