Uber anyone?

LETTER

Being a responsible citizen, I hire taxis when required.

On Sunday night I was told we would have to wait 30 minutes. This is in Gisborne for goodness sake!

My grandfather was a well known taxi driver and in the early ’60s he then was worried about opposition.

We desperately need Uber here!

Kevin Mastrovich

Being a responsible citizen, I hire taxis when required.

On Sunday night I was told we would have to wait 30 minutes. This is in Gisborne for goodness sake!

My grandfather was a well known taxi driver and in the early ’60s he then was worried about opposition.

We desperately need Uber here!

Kevin Mastrovich

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W Gerrard - 2 months ago
I agree that the taxi industry has needed to have competition for years, and yes Gisborne does need an Uber service. When I have had to get a taxi from home to the airport they have been fine, it's the cost of the fare that has been the issue.
We use Uber a lot in Australia and the taxi industry is not happy. I wonder why.

M. Jones, Gold Coast - 2 months ago
Kevin, was there an event in Gisborne which meant all taxis were busy or just a lack of taxis on the road?
I wonder whether Uber is not available in Gisborne because there just isn't enough work to support more cars/drivers.

W Gerrard, the taxi industry in Australia is so unhappy with Uber that they are suing them.

Their argument is that Uber moved into Australia and traded illegally without any of the transport licences required by the existing taxi industry and that they threw money around until State Governments capitulated and changed transport laws in their favour.

Prior to Uber, taxi licences cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Recently state governments offered payouts to licence owners worth about a tenth of the cost of their licences.

The outcome will be interesting.

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