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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 August 2016
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2016 Victoria gives green light to Uber Ride-sharing is to be legalised and existing taxi licence holders compensated, but the devil will be in the detail of Premier Daniel Andrews’ bold new plan, writes Michael Sweet DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Uber welcomes new approach Uber Victoria general manager Matt Denman has said the Victorian government's decision to regulate ride-sharing services has finally recognised the positive role Uber is playing in the state. But with reportedly 500,000 Victorians using the service, Mr Denman said the company was disappointed by the $2 per trip levy. "Uber's position is that anything that makes transport more expensive is a bad thing for consumers," he said. "We would urge and ask the government ... to provide a full justification and economic modelling for any proposed levy." Mr Denman has declined to say if the $2 increase would be passed on to customers, or if it will mean Uber drivers would earn less per trip. Opposition slams $2 tax ‘Disappointed at levy’ Uber Victoria’s GM Matt Denham Within minutes of the announcement on the state’s new regulatory framework for the taxi industry, Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy took to Twitter to voice his criticism of the approach Labor was taking. “Daniel Andrews slaps a new tax on every Uber and taxi fare then says it’s all good news. Straight out of the Labor playbook” he wrote. Echoing his remarks, Opposition Deputy Leader David Hodgett said Labor’s leader went to the last state election promising no new taxes, “now he’s going to slug Victorians with a $2 fee on every taxi and Uber ride”. While welcoming many of the proposals to deregulate the industry, Mr Hodgett said the levy was unjust. “Daniel Andrews is basically setting up a slush fund to buy the votes of the companies that hold these taxi plates, and it’s Victorians that are going to pay for this with this new tax on each and every Uber ride and taxi ride for the next eight years or beyond.” The Opposition have as yet remained silent on the concerns of licence holders over the planned compensation limits. Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. PHOTO: AAP/HELEN VELISSARIS.
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