Taxi drivers unfairly screwed: Kennett
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.