Uber will not drive us away

War­wick taxi own­ers up in arms

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Jonno Colfs

AF­TER 30 years ser­vic­ing the re­gion with their com­pany, War­wick Yel­low Cabs, Stephen and Nancy Miller have their con­cerns about the ar­rival of Uber ride-shar­ing in War­wick.

“Uber, a global multi-na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion, has the abil­ity to de­stroy the taxi in­dus­try in this coun­try,” Mr Miller said.

“If any­one can be­come a driver, in their own car with min­i­mal cost and with­out hav­ing to meet any of the strin­gent gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments the taxi in­dus­try has, to me it’s not good.”

Mrs Miller said the taxi in­dus­try was one of the most over-reg­u­lated in­dus­tries in the coun­try.

“Our big­gest thing is that it’s not a level play­ing field,” she said.

“Our costs are enor­mous and we have to meet so many re­quire­ments just in or­der to op­er­ate.

“Our reg­is­tra­tion is $6000 per ve­hi­cle and $8000 per ve­hi­cle for in­sur­ance, which cov­ers all of our pas­sen­gers and driv­ers.

“We need $20 mil­lion in pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance and $14,000 for work cover in­sur­ance for our driv­ers, plus $8000 per month for petrol, which we buy from lo­cal ser­vos, and general wear and tear to the cars.”

Mrs Miller said the gov­ern­ment had given con­ces­sions to Uber that could be po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing.

“How is it they can op­er­ate as a busi­ness with­out hav­ing to meet all these reg­u­la­tions or pay these in­sur­ances?” she asked.

“And they will def­i­nitely not be able to pro­vide the level of pas­sen­ger safety that cabs do. If it was a level play­ing field we wouldn’t mind, but it isn’t.”

Mr Miller said taxi charges were all gov­ern­ment reg­u­lated.

“We charge pas­sen­gers what we’re told to charge,” she said.

“Uber can charge what­ever they like and hike their prices up at peak times.

“So Uber driv­ers have to meet Uber’s stan­dards, well I’d like to know what these stan­dards are.”

Mrs Miller said there was a fear of the un­known.

“We sim­ply don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen but we’d like to thank the War­wick com­mu­nity for all their sup­port for what we do.”

PHOTO: JONNO COLFS

TAXI RAN­KLED: Nancy and Stephen Miller have owned War­wick Yel­low Cabs for 30 years.

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