Labor must reduce Uber tax for country taxi users
15 June 2017
Thursday 15 June 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is calling on the Andrews Government to reduce its proposed Uber tax on Euroa electorate taxi users.
Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews wanted to add a $2 tax to the cost of every taxi trip even though Euroa electorate residents will get no benefit from the legalisation of ridesharing service Uber.
Ms Ryan’s comments come after a parliamentary committee tabled a report last week recommending the Andrews Labor Government reconsider its proposed taxi reform legislation, including its new $2 tax on every taxi trip.
The report, tabled in Parliament last week by the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, recommended amendments to the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017.
Daniel Andrews’ own Labor MPs were among the committee members who have recommended to amend the Bill to “provide for a reduced rate of levy in rural and regional areas” and that the government consider reducing the $2 levy.
The committee also recommended extending existing Multi Purpose Taxi Program concessions to all trips and exempting these concession holders from the $2 tax.
Ms Ryan said this report proved the ‘Uber’ tax was unfair on country Victorian taxi users and the Andrews Labor Government needed to change it.
“Even Daniel Andrews’ own MPs don’t support the proposed Bill, that unfairly taxes regional and rural people,” Ms Ryan said.
“If Daniel Andrews again breaks his promise not to introduce any new taxes, a lower rate for regional passengers that have limited public transport options, is a sensible outcome.
“For country people, a tax on taxi trips is a tax on people who can’t take the bus home with the weekly groceries, or travel to and from the doctors.
“Every person in a country town that does not have public transport is being forced to pay an extra $4 an outing. This is a significant increase and a straight out tax on country Victorians.
“Labor’s plan will be a huge impost on those who can least afford it, particularly older members in the community and those with disabilities who rely on taxis on a day-to-day basis,” Ms Ryan said.
The tax is one of 11 that has already been announced or implemented by Daniel Andrews despite the fact that on election eve he promised no new taxes.