Uber Class Action
Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action against Uber on behalf of participants in the taxi, hire car, limousine and charter vehicle industry. This class action was introduced in response to losses suffered by drivers, licence owners, and operators, when Uber entered the Australian market.
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“Safety for these groups should be the number one priority when we transport people with disability or impairment,” says Mr Baruch.
“These rideshare drivers are in private cars with no fixed tamper proof cameras, no fixed GPS on the cars, no signage to identify them and questionable insurance coverage. This is a disgraceful decision and I can’t believe the regulator would put people at risk In this way,” he says.
The taxi industry is in a precarious financial state with an explosion of cheap rideshare services stealing what was once bread and butter work. In regional areas, such as Geelong, the MPTP work makes up as much as 40 percent of their daytime work.
“This decision erodes the last bastion of safe point to point transport. They are bringing back hitch-hiking and pushing the message that it’s safe to get into a unmarked vehicle and rely on a mobile phone as a safety device,” he says.
“I would urge families in Geelong to think carefully before they fall for cheaper services with questionable safety standards. Surely we can offer this group a better service than digital hitchhiking.”
The TAA has taken its concerns to Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton, asking him to advocate on behalf of the industry.
"We need this trial delayed until proper KPIs can be put in place and the trial can be extended to all rideshare and taxi operators," he says.
"Once again the regulator is handing market share to Uber on a silver platter. The industry is not afraid of competition, but it needs to be on a level playing field, and it's not level if taxis are required to meet a better standard of safety and service than Uber."
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