ABC Fact Check: Uber

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ABC Fact Check: Uber

Postby busdriver » Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:20 pm ... ck/6846512

Interesting article regarding Uber service in Australia.

Hardy have you heard of or seen anyone that been fined for operating a illegal service taxi/hire car service in Victoria?

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Re: ABC Fact Check: Uber

Postby Hardy » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:04 pm

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Re: ABC Fact Check: Uber

Postby LEO » Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:15 pm

busdriver wrote:Hardy have you heard of or seen anyone that been fined for operating a illegal service taxi/hire car service in Victoria?

Only 355 odd people with fines totaling close to $600,000 ... khhrk.html

Drivers for renegade ride-sharing service uberX have copped almost $600,000 in fines and been issued hundreds of tickets in a little more than a year.
Victoria's Taxi Services Commission said it had issued 355 infringement notices, with fines totalling approximately $594,000 to "persons operating without the appropriate accreditation and using an unlicensed vehicle in connection with the uberX service". There are 12 matters before the courts.
The commission confirmed it is not illegal to be a passenger of an uberX service.
While the uberBLACK service is usually licensed like a standard hire-car service, the increasingly popular and cheaper uberX service is not regulated, although drivers have passed criminal background and driving history checks.
This means uberX drivers are not accredited or using a vehicle licensed by the commission.
The lack of regulation has not dented demand for uberX.
Since its arrival in May in 2014, 4500 drivers and 330,000 riders have signed on – clocking up 3.5 million trips.
More than one in 10 Uber riders in Melbourne are visitors from overseas.
With Melbourne's historic shortage of taxis in the Spring Carnival and Christmas party season, this could be an Uber Christmas in Melbourne as the new ride-sharing service swoops on unmet demand.
And while the taxi industry is incensed by the lack of uberX regulation and is calling for increased enforcement, others see economic and transport opportunities from the arrival of the uberX disrupter from San Francisco.
Economic consultancy Frontier Economics released a bulletin this month examining how governments could capture the benefits of new ride-sharing businesses.
It said the low-cost base of ride-sharing services like Uber could make transport more available in outer suburban areas where there are fewer taxis and more sparse public transport.
It also said greater availability of low-cost ride sharing services could reduce the need to use privately owned cars in the inner suburbs.
Frontier Economics' Warwick Davis said, "there's a range of regulation and costs that apply to taxis, the pressure is on to make all those same costs apply to running services like Uber – the danger in doing that is you are creating barriers to new kinds of services and new demand."
The report said the objective of regulators could be to "maximise the value created by new services, and resist levelling the playing field if that will undermine these benefits".
Some are embracing the arrival of the new transport service.
Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings has had several meetings with Uber and sees benefits for the airport located more than 50 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD.
"I see an opportunity to possibly work with them in the future to make Avalon more accessible," he said.
"A lot of people, including myself, have used Uber quite a bit and we do get a lot of people ringing Avalon to see if Uber has a presence at Avalon – so it is a matter of accommodating what our passengers want," he said.
He said he had been talking to taxi operators and Uber about boosting facilities at Avalon.
"As I see it, Uber is here to stay," he said
Melbourne Airport, local councils and racing organisers have been approached by Uber to collaborate on facilities and signage but most are reluctant to move before regulatory approval for the new service.
Melbourne planning expert, Roz Hansen, said ride-sharing services could be a boon for Melbourne's outer suburbs.
"Taking older people to shops, connecting parents and kids to services if there is only one car in the family – I can see tremendous scope for Uber to get in to that space," she said.
A spokesman for uberX said 58 per cent of uberX rides in Melbourne began or ended in areas more than one kilometre from medium frequency public transport.
How to tackle uberX is being debated at the highest levels of the Andrews Government, with a consensus new uberX regulation may necessitate changes to existing taxi regulation and costs.
Victorian Taxi Association chief executive David Samuel said "any changes to regulation should be accompanied by the strengthening of a balanced enforcement regime to ensure protection for both passengers and drivers".

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