Sta­ley: Taxi tax un­fair

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Ripon Louise Sta­ley has at­tacked State Gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion to in­tro­duce a $2 tax on ev­ery taxi, Uber or ride-shar­ing ser­vice across Vic­to­ria.

Ms Sta­ley said the in­creased fee would help pay for the State Gov­ern­ment’s $494-mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion fund to taxi li­cence hold­ers af­fected by Uber leg­is­la­tion.

But it was un­fair to charge coun­try taxi pas­sen­gers an ex­tra $3 when Uber ser­vices were only avail­able in Mel­bourne and Gee­long. “Lo­cal taxi pas­sen­gers will be slugged an ex­tra $2 ev­ery time they catch a taxi. Why should re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans be hit with this tax when Uber only op­er­ates in the city?” Ms Sta­ley said.

“Uber has not yet ex­panded its op­er­a­tions into coun­try Vic­to­ria, yet Daniel An­drews wants coun­try Vic­to­ria to help pay for ser­vices in Mel­bourne; that is not fair.”

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