Ridesharing - It's Not Worth the Risk

26 November 2015 | NSW Taxi Council

Authorities all over the world are banning ridesharing in major cities, but the companies involved repeatedly ignore local laws and continue operating illegally. In New South Wales, the State Government has clearly outlined that ridesharing is illegal stating: “if a NSW driver is taking paying members of the public as passengers, the driver and the vehicle must operate in accordance with the Passenger Transport Act”. Uber X drivers in several Australian States, including NSW, are currently facing criminal charges as a result of ignoring local transportation laws.

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The Tourism Advisory Council of the NSW Business Chamber has released a new report calling for a balanced approach to regulating services such as Uber and Airbnb to encourage growth in the visitor economy, rather than restrict it.

Commissioned by the NSW Business Chamber, the report: The Sharing Economy: Issues, Impacts, and Regulatory Responses in the context of the NSW Visitor Economy, was submitted to the The Point to Point Transport Taskforce and the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning responsible for conducting an inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in New South Wales.

Read the full statement from the NSW Business Chamber here 

The NSW Taxi Council and the reputable industry bodies are working with State Government to protect and improve conditions for drivers and passengers. Ridesharing companies are owned by entrepreneurs with the aim of cashing in by snatching a share of the fare and removing drivers’ rights. There’s a fundamental difference and one must ask, who are these people promoting ridesharing and what are their true motives?

Ridesharing isn’t sustainable and the people running ridesharing companies don’t care about drivers or know what’s right for the industry. As detailed in a recent statement by the NSW Taxi Council, supported by the Insurance Council of Australia, rideshare drivers are not only breaking the law, they may not have proper insurance or cover for workers compensation. Additionally, there’s no safety equipment or professional representation with support from an industry association.

The NSW Taxi Council is continuously working to support drivers, customers and the wider industry. We are committed to getting the balance right, but fiercely support the regulation of key services and the necessity of public transport in the community interest. We know there are areas to improve, such as removing unnecessary red tape and getting legitimate drivers on the road as soon as possible as they go through the correct processes.  

We want to make it as easy as possible for drivers and owners, but it goes without saying that we won’t negotiate on safety and drivers’ rights – and that’s in everyone’s interest. We will continue to develop an exemplary level of customer service that reflects technological advances, emphasises driver skills and facilitates the collective experience of industry figures.

As the peak industry body for NSW, we have a simple message on behalf of the whole taxi industry:  ridesharing – it’s not worth the risk!

View the below links for just some of the latest information about what’s happening here in Australia and around the world.

Response to Daily Telegraph story on Taxis and Uber - 23 November 2015

Rideshare driver accused of sexual assault in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs

Australian Senate - Economics Legislation Committee - ACCC Part 1

Australian Senate - Economics Legislation Committee - ACCC Part 2

RMS crackdown reveals Uber X vehicles not registered to drivers, owners unaware their own vehicles used for ridesharing purposes

Roads and Maritime Services: vehicle registrations suspended for illegal ridesharing

France's highest court upholds ban on Uber's ridesharing service

Gold Coast woman attacked by Uber driver previously dismissed by Gold Coast Cabs

US-based Taxicab Limousine and ParaTransit Association (TLPA) list of legal/political actions against ridesharing

Many of the world's most technologically advanced countries aren't giving Uber an inch

GST requirements deterring rideshare drivers

ATO Chief hits back at Uber claims, accusing them of making false statements

Uber regulation: US cities that have successfully stood up to Uber

Crackdown on illegal ridesharing apps aims to level the playing field for taxis

Uber X: NSW continues the fight

French government files charges against Uber

Taxi companies rising to the challenge in the face of illegal competition

California rules that Uber X drivers are employees, not independent contractors

GST and ridesharing: why the ATO believes Uber must pay

Australian Tax Office crackdown on rideshare drivers and lack of GST compliance

Workplace lawyers warn businesses against using rideshare services for employees 

Uber X vehicles are cheap copies of taxis, says ATIA 

UN Women cancels Uber partnership

Uber CEO and almost 30 other employees charged in South Korea

French Police raid Uber offices in Paris

Uber banned in Germany as Police swoop in other countries

Uber X drivers facing court as Uber appeals to public for support

NSW Government hauls Uber drivers to court

Uber says goodbye to Japan after Government ruling

Taxi industry slams Uber's 20,000 jobs stunt

Uber X drivers facing criminal charges for ignoring transportation laws

Put to the test: Taxis vs Uber

Police highlight Uber's five major safety lapses

Must Read: The degrading impact of Uber and the ridesharing economy

In depth analysis of what Uber X drivers really earn

Illegal ridesharing hurts local communities - Opinion Piece from Roy Wakelin-King

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Uber Executive suggests digging up dirt on journalists

Virgn Australia cancels Uber promotion due to customer backlash

South Korea bans Uber ridesharing service before its national launch

New Film Produced on the Dangers of Ridesharing

Ridesharing is clearly outside the law – watch the Sky News segment with CEO Roy Wakelin-King

Berlin bans Uber app citing passenger safety concerns

South Australian Government: Uber is illegal and drivers will be fined

Uber operating illegally in Queensland despite State Government crackdown

Victorian Taxi Association issues ridesharing rebuke

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Ridesharing companies attempt to kill insurance bill

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Follow the NSW Taxi Council’s new Twitter account @nswtaxi and CEO Roy Wakelin-King @RoyWakelinKing for all the latest info on ridesharing. You can also follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Taxi-Council/221755168006284

To report illegal ridesharing activity throughout New South Wales, email communications@nswtaxi.org.au with as much detail as possible. We will ensure this information is passed on to the relevant authorities.