Labor runs risks with Uber delay
LABOR came to government in August last year with a promise to shake up the taxi industry by bringing ridesharing company Uber to the Northern Territory.
They romped home in that election, winning 18 seats — many of them off the back of pre-poll pledges such as this.
To drive Labor’s promise home, on December 30 last year, Nicole Manison put out a media statement proclaiming: “Territorians can expect ridesharing to be operating in the Territory in the second part of 2017.”
And, now, here we are. It’s winding towards the end of 2017, and it appears Labor is no closer to coming to an agreement with Uber about when it will enter the jurisdiction.
If there are sticking points about how Uber will enter the NT — what regulations will be in place and so on — compromises must be made to make sure the deal gets over the line. For too long, Territorians have been stuck in an uncompetitive taxi market, with overpriced fares and a lack of options.
Every exorbitant fare hit received by a taxi passenger from now on, they can reserve half of their grumble for Labor, who pledged there would be change by now.
It’s time to put pedal to the metal and get on with it.