La­bor runs risks with Uber de­lay

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

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.

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