On Uber riding into town . . .

LETTER

Re: Uber anyone? May 6.

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.

M. Jones, Gold Coast

Re: Uber anyone? May 6.

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.

M. Jones, Gold Coast

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W Gerrard - 10 days ago
M Jones, Uber drivers use their own cars do they not, so why do they need to license? Also, who created the license system for the taxi industry and made it expensive for taxi owners? A lot of people I know prefer uber to taxi for various reasons. The taxi industry in Australia are unhappy with uber because it's competition and about time too - they have had the monopoly too long and been overcharging.

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