A regulatory framework in consumers' interests

2 Nov 2016

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: 

  1. a ‘fit for purpose’ regulatory approach that recognises the differences between taxis and ridesharing
  2. introducing an accreditation scheme that places responsibility for driver and vehicle safety on the ridesharing platform
  3. removing vehicle licensing fees entirely, and reviewing the efficacy of other proposed driver fees
  4. funding any compensation for taxi licence holders from broader funding sources rather than a levy on on-demand transport users. 
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