Uber ready to fight over Andrews Government’s proposed $2 levy for cabs and ride share apps

February 23, 2017 4:33pm

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EXCLUSIVE: RIDE share giant Uber is launching a campaign against the Andrews Government’s $2 levy by telling each of its hundreds of thousands of customers how much it would have already cost them.

The campaign will include personalised emails outlining the number of trips each customer has taken and the total bill they would have been hit with under the laws proposed by the government.

For many of its customers, this would mean they would have forked out hundreds of dollars for the levy since downloading the application.

The company also has research showing that 67 per cent of people think the levy is unfair and 46 per cent of people saying it would make them less likely to support the Andrews Government.

“That’s why we’re giving our 800,000 Victorian riders the opportunity to tell the government what they think about this plan to introduce an expensive levy with no end date,” Mr Denham said.

“It’s incredibly disappointing to see the government miss a golden opportunity to unlock the full benefits of competition and ease cost of living pressures felt by ordinary Victorians.

“If the Victorian Government intends for this to be a new and permanent tax on consumers, it should be upfront with Victorians and say so.”

The government’s $2 levy is higher than those proposed in other Australian states, with South Australia and NSW to introduce a $1 charge.

The levy is aimed at collecting money for the government’s $494 million compensation package for taxi licence holders.

The $2 levy, included in laws this week introduced to state parliament as part of sweeping industry reforms, will act as a cap only and can be changed by a future state government.

But there are industry concerns the levy would remain well after the compensation package is collected.

According to a ReachTEL poll conducted for Uber, more than 67 per cent of Victorians think the levy is unfair, while just under 33 per cent think it is fair.

Only 11 per cent said they would be more likely to vote for the Andrews Government due to the levy, while 46 per cent said they were less likely and 42 per cent said their support was unchanged.

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