‘FIGHT’: Motorists explained how rising fuel prices impacted their bottom line at APCO Kangaroo Flat on Tuesday. Video: ACM.
A New South Wales taxi company says ride-sharing companies have taken over as fuel prices rise and government bodies do nothing to raise rank and hail fares.
Earlier this week, Uber Australia introduced a temporary mile-based surcharge for customers so the company or its drivers weren’t left to absorb the impact of unprecedented fuel increases.
However, taxi companies, including Wagga Radio Cabs in the Riverina area of NSW, are unable to introduce surcharges or raise fares as they are regulated by ‘strict’ guidelines. and government agencies who, according to Wagga Taxis Chairman of the Board, Mark Walsh, are unwilling to budge on the issue. .
“It just goes to show there’s a system for us and a system for part-time ridesharing companies – where we don’t have any flexibility, but they can just [increase rates],” he said.
Mr Walsh said that unlike ride-sharing companies, taxis have no choice but to absorb the cost of rising fuel prices, which can equate to an additional $100 to $200 a week per week. Taxi.
Recently NSW Taxi Council Chief Executive Martin Rogers wrote to NSW Transport Safety asking for an increase in rank and hail fares to compensate for rising fuel prices.
In a statement, the NSW Taxi Council said: “One of the main costs of running a taxi is fuel. A reduction in excise duty on fuel would help ease the pressures of rising costs.
“Unlike carpooling, in row and hail space, taxis are not able to increase their fare structure as set by the NSW Government.
The NSW Transport and Roads Agency said it was reviewing the concerns of taxi boards.
Passengers feel the pinch
NSW resident James Snow was surprised at the difficulty of arranging transport around Wagga Wagga after losing his license to a mobile speed camera.
Although he said he was able to afford transport costs, the “unreliability” of available taxi drivers and Uber had made it difficult for him to find his way to work.
“I had to call once or twice to say, ‘Hey, where’s my cab? And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s about three or four jobs ahead of you, and we’ve only got one taxi,’” Mr Snow said.
“I mean a taxi for 60,000 people won’t work, especially if there are no more buses after a while.”
Mr Snow grew up using taxi services, and now without a licence, he said he never thought he would encounter the problems he faced when booking rides.
“When I was younger we used to see taxis all the time, so what’s the difference now? It’s something I would really like to know,” he said.