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Industry, News - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:56 - 4 Comments
news The NSW Government has formally embraced and started regulating the taxi smartphone apps which have been taking Sydney and other locations by storm, setting regulations to support the apps against the wishes of incumbent players in the taxi industry and capping surcharges at five per cent to stop overcharging.
Over the past year, apps such as GoCatch, Uber and Ingogo have become popular in Sydney, with some taxi drivers sporting multiple mobile phones attached to their dashboard in order to receive jobs via the new systems. Customers have embraced the apps because they provide greater certainty about the arrival of taxis when they need them, as well as better communication with drivers.
In a statement today, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced a package of reforms which the pair said would make taxis safer, save customers money and improve reliability. “Taxis are a key part of our public transport network and we are keen to ensure they provide value for money and are as accessible, reliable and safe as possible,” O’Farrell said. Continue…