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The Australian Taxi Drivers Association

TAXI DRIVER ACTION Inc

TDA Inc is a Registered Association, 1500907, formed with the primary objective of restoring the Taxi Industry to being the primary Point to Point supplier of Public Passenger Services.

To all Taxi Drivers - FEBRUARY / MARCH 2017

The Future of the NSW Taxi Industry – ?

Do we have a future, now that an unlimited number of Private Hire Vehicles have been allowed by Government to take over our business .. ? Maybe, with the news of the Tax Office win over Uber to charge GST on fares, our chances are a bit brighter.


Russel Howarth was finally in the NSW Supreme Court on February 6th and 7th, representing himself against Uber BV and Uber Australia. A final judgement is due at the end of the month and he is quietly (for him) confident that he has Uber on the ropes. He is trying hard to get up a Cross Claim and an Injunction, and will use the GST case to support his actions.


The real issue to be decided … Was and to what extent is Uber X operating illegally ?



The answer is almost there, and it still is vital to get our Industry to support Russell and re-gain the representation of Turner Freeman Lawyers, who have already been paid all the money raised from taxi drivers and operators up to date. $27,000. Regrettably, not a lot of us have contributed.


One other matter is clear. If or when we win, and irrespective of the legalisation of ride sharing by the NSW Government, we will have very good grounds for a Class Action to recover our losses, to that date, and afterwards where Uber is still facilitating illegal operations.


That’s another reason to continue the fight.


By now you are all aware that no one is on our side. Governments around Australia are ready to legalise UBER X, and to accept minimal annual fees plus very light rules on Registration and Insurance to leave you with only Rank and Hail Work, and with instant bookings our work and income will drop even more. Uber X is legal in the ACT. Soon also in Victoria. We have already lost 25% of our work : we will lose another 25% by June. How many extra hours can you safely drive ?


Already the average hourly earnings are less than $10.00 an hour.


Already you are driving 60 hours a week.


Can your family survive on $300 a week ??? $5.00 an hour ???


OUR TAXI INDUSTRY AND YOU HAVE ONE LAST CHANCE TO BEAT UBER X >>> THE SUPREME COURT CASE TO DECLARE UBER AS UNLAWFUL – DRIVERS AND UBER ITSELF.



This is the very last chance to save your job, as a Taxi Driver, a Taxi Operator, and even as Plate Owner. The Networks will not assist, nor the Taxi Council, maybe Industry Suppliers will realise their potential losses, but only you have a choice and a way to support your family.


Michael Jools 0419 27 27 44 TDA Inc www.tda.net.au



0419 27 27 44 mj@tda.net.au March 2016