Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi said that the announcement that ride-sharing services will be legalised and regulated by the state government is welcome news.
“The NSW government has finally gotten with the times and is moving to regulate ride-sharing.
“Recognising the rapidly changing industry, the Greens were the first party to call for a regulated framework for ride-sharing, way back during the state election.
“It’s good to see safety and accountability at the front and centre of the proposed reforms, with some rules and licensing being introduced to ensure that customers are not put at risk.
“Before the legislation comes to parliament next year we will be closely examining it to ensure that the way forward is fair to all.
“Going forward, we need to ensure that conditions for both rideshare drivers and taxi drivers are fair and reasonable. The Greens will be closely monitoring the impacts of the reforms when the legislation comes to parliament.
“The government also appears to be moving to improve the long-term viability of the taxi industry, which will continue to play an important role in providing point-to-point transport.
“In particular it is fantastic to see the Taxi Transport Subsidy being raised from $30 to $60. Passengers who require accessible transport to get around should not be left with high transport costs. This is a matter of social justice that the Greens have campaigned on for years,” she said.