small business | August 24, 2017

Labor slugs country taxi users

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP says the Melbourne Labor Government will slug country taxi users an extra one dollar per trip to fund the reforms around the legislation of Uber, despite the fact that Uber does not operate in country areas.

“It is totally unfair that country people will have to pay for Labor’s mismanagement of the system”, Ms Kealy said.

“We have no issue with Uber coming into Victoria; it is just another example of technology disruption occurring in our communities.

“Owners and drivers need certainty to plan for their future with confidence, but Daniel Andrews and his Minister, Jacinta Allan, have messed this up from day one.

“Now country people, who don’t have access to Uber and are unlikely to anytime soon, will be slugged an extra one dollar on every trip they take.

“For the elderly and disadvantaged who need to get to doctor appointments or do the shopping, an extra two dollars for a round trip on a small taxi fare is going to be a burden.

“Daniel Andrews has introduced eleven new or increased taxes in just two and a half years since coming into government, despite the fact that he pledged not to do so before the election.

“This latest taxi slug will specifically hurt country people and Daniel Andrews and Labor stand condemned for it,” she said.

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