Media Release

07 September 2016

Hodgett: David Samuel, CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association

Wednesday 7 September 2016

David Samuel, CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association

David Samuel, CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association has confirmed that Daniel Andrews’ new taxi and Uber tax is a friendless policy.

At the inquiry into Ride Sourcing Services by the Economy and Infrastructure Legislative Council Committee, David Samuel said that Daniel Andrews’ new tax was unworkable due to compliance costs and likened taxi companies to having to perform the role of debt collection agencies if this new tax is introduced.

David Samuel also gave evidence that Daniel Andrews’ new tax represents the biggest fare increase in Victoria and would particularly punish regional passengers.

Before the election Daniel Andrews promised no new taxes or levies. Since then he’s introduced three new taxes including this tax on uber and taxi passengers.

This new $2 tax is indexed which means that in years to come the tax will be much more than $2 per passenger trip.

For 18 months Daniel Andrews sat on his hands and did nothing about Uber.  If he had of taken action much earlier this new $2 tax might have been avoided.