A plan to classify Uber vehicles until at least 2022 like any household insured car will save its drivers hundreds of dollars a year when compared with Tasmania’s 600-plus cabbies, further angering the taxi industry reports Hobart daily The Mercury.
The Tasmanian Taxi Council said the proposal was unfair and another example of an unlevel playing field. Last year insurance premiums were changed in the ACT to make them more even for taxi and Uber drivers.
The Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB) recently proposed the rejection of a special Uber insurance premium category. The taxi council is now accusing the MAIB of potentially wanting to avoid a legal stoush with Google/Uber, which still might appeal against a February Federal Court ruling that Uber was a “taxi service’’ and its drivers should pay GST.
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In his submission responding to the insurance proposal, Tasmanian Taxi Council secretary Tony Dilger accused the MAIB of effectively appeasing Uber and avoiding potential legal conflict.
MAIB chief executive Paul Kingston said it was the most pragmatic solution and allowed the new ride-sharing industry to develop, pending the reporting and analysis of future Uber crash data. Kingston said the MAIB was a social insurance scheme and its decisions were based on evidence and involved risk data, not shaped by legal cases.
Uber welcomed the MAIB’s proposal, saying ride sharing had a risk profile “comparable to private vehicles’’.
It argued its drivers would not share the risks of a vehicle dedicated to “full-time hire”.