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  1. To represent Adelaide Taxi Licence Owners in matters associated with the South Australian Taxi industry, at the State and national level.
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VICTORIA – Large fare increase looms for taxi passengers.

TAXI passengers could face an 11 per cent fare hike ahead of new laws deregulating rideshare services like Uber.
One of Victoria’s biggest taxi operators, 13 CABS, in a submission to the Essential Service Commission’s fare review has called for minimum fares on unbooked taxis to be increased.
It argues cab operators which pick up passengers from the street and taxi ranks spend more on security measures and driver wages and the rise is necessary to offset such costs.
“It is unrealistic to expect taxi services to compete with providers of substitutable services that have no regulation on prices while taxi services are priced at maximum fares that artificially suppress Driver earnings,’’ the submission states.
“Without adjusting fares upward Driver returns will fall further and the ability to attract and retain Drivers will diminish. For these reasons it is necessary to adjust Taxi fares upward by at least 11 per cent.”
The submission is among several calling for fare increases on unbooked services.
Uber and other rideshare providers using app-based booking services will not have set fares under the rules coming in from July.
Coalition spokesman David Davis said it was just another cost increase for Victorians, slamming the new laws.
“Victorians are facing cost-of-living increase on every front under Daniel Andrews,’’ he said.
“His changes to the taxi industry has left families destitute and now fares are set to surge.”
The changes in July include the controversial $1 levy on all ride share trips — introduced to help fund compensation for taxi licence owners disadvantaged by the changes.
The exact date when the fee will begin is not yet set.
A $2 fee on every trip was originally intended to pay back licence holders who paid up to $400,000 per permits which have plummeted in value due to the arrival of ride-sharing services.
The submission is among several calling for fare increases on unbooked services.
However, the fee was halved in order to gain support from the crossbench when it was passed in the Legislative Council.
Thousands of licence holders have received the transition payments. But some drivers say even more help is needed, with a series of rallies staged last year to protest the industry’s deregulation.
Government spokeswoman Hayley McNaughton said the new laws were a step forward for Victoria it would await the Essential Service Commission’s findings.
“Our reforms will deliver better services, cheaper fares and more choice for Victorian passengers,” she said.

VICTORIA -Cab fares rise as drivers pass on State Government $1 Commercial Passenger Vehicle Levy

TAXI fares are set to rise by $1.10 per trip after drivers were on Wednesday allowed to pass on a controversial levy to customers.
The Essential Services Commission ruled that taxi drivers were entitled to pass on the cost of the $1 Commercial Passenger Vehicle Levy, plus GST, introduced by the Andrews Government.
The fee on all ride share trips will be used to fund compensation for taxi licence owners disadvantaged by the changes.
A start date has been set for the levy but cabs will be able to add $1.10 to their fares allowance from July 1, when a host of other changes are introduced.
The commission will make another ruling in June on whether to further alter the restrictions surrounding maximum taxi charges.
A spokesman for 13 CABS last night welcomed the move and said the industry was waiting for the ESC’s next decision.
“13 CABS is pleased to see the Essential Services Commission has recognised the importance of ensuring taxi drivers earnings are not diminished by the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Levy,” he said.
Taxi driver earnings have been stagnant since 2014.
“Taxi driver earnings have not increased since 2014 and during the same period the cost of living has increased by 6.36 per cent and the average weekly earnings for other Australians have increased by 6.94 per cent.
“Not only is this unfair on taxi drivers, it undermines the important role taxi drivers play in supporting people who are not able to drive themselves and overlooks the contribution that taxi drivers make to the tourism and entertainment industries.”
A $2 fee on every trip was originally intended to pay back licence holders who paid up to $400,000 per permits, which have plummeted in value due to the arrival of ride-sharing services.

VICTORIA – Chinese ride-sharing giant DiDi launches Geelong trial.

CHINESE ride-sharing giant DiDi is setting up in Geelong as it takes its first step into the Australian market in a head-on battle with Uber.
DiDi Mobility (Australia) is testing its ride sharing app for the local market ahead of an official launch, which is yet to be announced but the company has confirmed plans to offer the DiDi Express platform in other Australian markets after trials in Geelong.
DiDi services more than 450 million users across 400 cities in China. DiDi Mobility is a subsidiary of Didi Chuxing which provides a range of app-based transportation services to more than 450 million users across 400 cities in China.
It launched its first foray overseas as an English language app in opposition to Uber, which also launched its Australian operations in Geelong.
In a statement, the company said it had chosen Geelong to incubate DiDi Express as it had one of the highest ride-sharing penetrations of any city in the country.
“This is supported by a vibrant start-up scene, receptiveness to new technology, and a supportive local government,” the statement said.
DiDi Mobility said it was preparing to roll out its service to broader regions in Australia in the next few months.
“During this period our goal is to work with the Geelong community to understand their mobility needs and how we can make our platform work for them,” the statement said.
A company representative was not available to elaborate on the Geelong operations or about going up against Uber.
It is understood a formal launch of Didi Express is in the pipeline and the company is seeking drivers.
“We look forward to using the insights from our Geelong launch to create a superior ridesharing service for drivers and customers across Australia,” the company said.

Brisbane – Fleet Management Company liquidates

BRISBANE – Anthony Marx, reporter for The Courier-Mail wrote Uber has claimed a big scalp in the Brisbane cabs industry. Complete Taxi Management, a fleet management company operating in Brisbane, blames Uber for financial unravelling. The directors of Complete Taxi Management Pty Ltd appointed liquidators this week after blaming the ride-sharing competitor for a great deal of their financial unravelling.