Today Rod requests that the CPVV hand over documents showing the rationale, evidence and results for UBER’s Multi-Purpose Taxi Program trial.
Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (10:00): Today I want to talk about the multipurpose taxi program and the deceptive way this has been awarded to Uber. The multipurpose taxi program supports the transport needs of people with severe and permanent disabilities by offering subsidised passenger vehicle fares to eligible members. The total cost of the scheme is in excess of $70 million annually across approximately 5 million trips. The multipurpose taxi program subsidy covers 50 per cent of the cost of trips up to the value of $60 per trip, with a cap of $2180 per eligible participant in each financial year. The decision to allow Uber to service work under the multipurpose taxi program scheme puts the rights, the welfare and the security of our most vulnerable citizens in jeopardy for at least the following reasons.
Today Rod requested that the CPVV hand over documents showing the rationale, evidence and results for UBER’s Multi-Purpose Taxi Program trial.
The multipurpose taxi program costs the taxpayer upwards of $70 million annually. It is an outrage that 30 per cent of every subsidy dollar going to Uber will now go directly offshore. Just think about what that really means. What it means is that 30 per cent of all the money that should be going into our local communities, supporting our local businesses is going to go to the billionaire shareholders in Silicon Valley—congratulations.