A parliamentary committee has recommended the Andrews Government reconsider its proposed taxi reform legislation, including its new $2 tax on every taxi trip.
A report tabled in the Victorian Parliament last week by the Economy and Infrastructure Committee recommended amendments to the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017.
Committee members recommended the bill be amended to ‘‘provide for a reduced rate of levy in rural and regional areas’’ and that the government consider reducing the $2 levy.
State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said this report proved the Uber tax was unfair on country Victorian taxi users and the Andrews Government needed to change it.
‘‘Even Daniel Andrews’ own MPs don’t support the proposed bill, that unfairly taxes regional and rural people,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘If Daniel Andrews again breaks his promise not to introduce any new taxes, a lower rate for regional passengers that have limited public transport options, is a sensible outcome.
‘‘For country people, a tax on taxi trips is a tax on people who can’t take the bus home with the weekly groceries, or travel to and from the doctors.
‘‘Often, these are short trips, so Daniel Andrews’ proposed $2 tax is a significant increase.’’
The committee also recommended extending existing Multi Purpose Taxi Program concessions to all trips and exempting these concession holders from the $2 tax.
‘‘This new tax is one of 11 that has already been announced or implemented by Daniel Andrews despite the fact that on election eve he promised no new taxes,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘Consumers and the taxi industry have been stuffed around by the Andrews Labor Government for too long and it’s time they were given the certainty to plan for their future with confidence.’’