Uber Set To Be Legalised In Melbourne BUT There's A Catch.
The Herald Sun is reporting Uber is set to legalised, and taxis will be able to set their fares in Melbourne, as a major transport industry shake-up gets underway.
Passengers in taxi’s, hire cars and ride-sharing vehicles will be slugged $1 a trip for a ‘fairness fund’, which will be used to compensate existing taxi license owners.
The State Government will be buying back taxi licensing field so that a level playing field can be created, which should lead to a more competitive industry.
It is expected the buyback scheme will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no final price tag on the reforms.
The changes are likely to be introduced in stages, with metro Melbourne likely to see the fares first.
Taxi drivers will see their criminal checks and minimum vehicle standards stay in place, but only cars operating from ranks will need cameras.
The knowledge test for drivers will not be mandatory, even though they were only introduced three years ago.
The new laws are set to be de drafted soon.
H/T Herald Sun