The WA Government is formulating ‘on demand’ transport reforms due to the emergence of ridesharing. To fully realise the benefits of ridesharing, these reforms require a framework that ensures safety and consumer protection, without unnecessary barriers to entry. In developing a regulatory model that fully captures the realisable benefits we recommend the WA Government consider:
- a ‘fit for purpose’ regulatory approach that recognises the differences between taxis and ridesharing
- introducing an accreditation scheme that places responsibility for driver and vehicle safety on the ridesharing platform
- removing vehicle licensing fees entirely, and reviewing the efficacy of other proposed driver fees
- funding any compensation for taxi licence holders from broader funding sources rather than a levy on on-demand transport users.