Baird Government stuck in slow lane on ridesharing

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The Baird Government must show leadership on the future of ride-sharing in NSW and take steps to regulate – rather than announce another review. 

Last week, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley proposed the regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber to protect users and service providers, with a private members bill to be introduced to Parliament this year.

Today, the Baird Government has announced a taskforce to look at the taxi industry and other emerging forms of transport providers – which won’t report back to Government with recommendations until October.

Another review – coming only three months after the release of the last one by IPART – is an example of more stalling and no action by the Baird Government.

The NSW Opposition will convene a roundtable on the future of the sharing economy in the coming weeks.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“It’s good to see the Government has finally come to the party as far as ridesharing is concerned – but all we see today is another inquiry that won’t report back for four months.”

“It’s time for the Government to get out of the slow lane and show real leadership when it comes to ride-sharing.”

“Ridesharing has already been regulated in more than 24 jurisdictions around the world - it’s time for NSW to join that list.”

“People are voting with their feet—hundreds of thousands used Uber last year. The public should be free to choose the services they want without fear of retribution from Government.”

“The Parliament should regulate to protect consumers, drivers and providers by putting in place some basic standards. We should have a race to the top, not the bottom, when it comes to customer standards and driver pay.”