Taxi driv­ers un­fairly screwed: Ken­nett

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - ANNIKA SMETHURST

FOR­MER pre­mier Jeff Ken­nett says taxi op­er­a­tors have been “un­fairly screwed” as the gov­ern­ment be­gins re­vok­ing li­cences, once worth more than $500,000, on Mon­day.

In an emo­tional email sent to more than 40 state and fed­eral MPs, leaked to the Sun­day Her­ald Sun, Mr Ken­nett said taxi li­cence own­ers had been fi­nan­cially crip­pled by the com­pen­sa­tion scheme and their men­tal health “stretched to break­ing point”.

“As we go about our lives this week­end please re­mem­ber many fam­i­lies start next week broke, or … many as a re­sult of an un­car­ing gov­ern­ment, men­tally stressed,” Mr Ken­nett wrote. “Be as­sured many of those af­fected will not for­get, and you can’t blame them.

“Many fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als are … los­ing their homes as banks re­call loans on as­sets that are no longer worth any­where near what they were pur­chased for, if any­thing.”

From Mon­day, the state gov­ern­ment will be­gin scrap taxi li­cences. Un­der the new scheme, the an­nual fee for a hire car and taxi-cab li­cence will be $52.90.

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