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Uber Shouldn't Expect a Free Ride

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tags: Transport

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens IT and Innovations spokesperson 

The transport laws tailor-made for Uber were supported by all three parties in the Lower House, because they struck the right balance between supporting the sharing economy and public safety.

By rejecting the regulatory framework Uber risk missing out on entering the market in Tasmania. If potential operators, like Uber, don’t think the regulatory framework provided is workable, that's their call.

The Greens strongly support the shared economy, but regulations are put in place to ensure community safety. Operators can't expect a free ride when it comes the safety of passengers, and their own drivers.

The Liberals didn't fall into their usual trap of rewriting the rules to suit business. Instead they've done the right thing and asked Uber to comply with the rules that protect the community's safety.

The shared economy is here to stay, and government should help enable and provide a reasonable framework to operate within. Public safety is the top priority, and now it's up to Uber to decide if they opt in.