31 January 2018
NSW GOVERNMENT TO GO LIVE WITH THE PASSENGER SERVICE LEVY ON FEBRUARY 1
The NSW Government will be collecting a passenger service levy that will apply to taxi and rideshare journeys in NSW commencing from tomorrow, 1st February 2018. Passengers will be required to pay $1.10 (incl. GST) on all applicable journeys.
NSW Taxi Council CEO, Mr Martin Rogers said that “the Passenger Service Levy has been introduced by the NSW Government to recover industry assistance funds that have been provided to members of the NSW taxi industry who have been adversely affected as a result of the recent Government reforms that were made to the Point to Point Transport industry.”
The first instalment of the promised assistance payments were minimal in comparison to the loss in equity that plate owners across NSW have endured. Not only was the initial compensation funding a drop in the ocean for many people, the Australian Taxation Office then taxed these payments, leaving many still hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Mr Rogers added that “There are a number of inequities that still exist between Taxis and Rideshare Providers, such as Uber. These inequities are making it almost impossible for taxis to be able to compete. The significant gap in CTP Green Slip costs is a prime example of this with Taxis required to pay over $7,500 per car per year versus approximately $500 for Rideshare Operators.”
The NSW Taxi Council is calling on the NSW Government to fix these issues and remove the inequities that exist, to enable taxis to compete on a level playing field.
For further information on the NSW Government’s passenger service levy, please refer to the Point to Point Transport website; https://www.pointtopoint.nsw.gov.au/passenger-service-levy
For any media enquiries, please contact Hilary Stevens at the NSW Taxi Council.
(02) 9332 1266