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Increase in taxi fares must not cause affordability issues for Victoria’s tourists

26 /08/ 2016 Comments are Closed

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council is concerned that tourists will bear a significant increase in their travel costs when visiting Victoria as each taxi fare is set to increase by up to $2 per trip.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Dianne Smith today welcomes in principle the changes to vehicle taxi, hire car and ride-share regulation as it will benefit visitors to the state by ensuring consistency in the alternative transport services.

However, VTIC is also concerned at a levy of $2 on all commercial passenger vehicle trips which network providers and taxi operators will decide whether to pass on some or all of the levy to passengers.

“The Victoria Tourism Industry Council hopes competition between providers under the new flexible fare system will keep fares low and that price increases passed on from the levy will be kept to a minimum,” she said.

“We also have concerns about the flexible fares. Surge pricing has attracted criticism in the past. With Melbourne’s busy events calendar there is a risk that this could be exploited, to the detriment of the consumer.”

“Many tourists and workers in the tourism industry and other industries rely on dependable and affordable taxi networks every day and we hope that these changes will see improvements in service and choice while still maintaining affordability.”

Ms Smith applauded changes which strengthen accountability for service providers, including the requirement that all drivers, including ride-share drivers, be accredited.

“This will give passengers confidence that their personal safety is paramount,” she said.

“Victoria is the world’s most liveable city and it is very important for all residents and visitors to have positive travel experiences befitting our prestigious title.

“While the new competitive pressures and extension of choice provided by ride-sharing has helped the Victorian tourism economy by opening up our state to visitors, all forms of private and public transport have a major role to play in connecting people at the right time and at the right place.”

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