As Demand Grows in Australia and New Zealand, So Does Uber
August 27, 2014
EU Commission Vice President to Governors, Ministers and Mayors, are recognising this and are working to adapt outdated legislation. The incredible vision and leadership we have seen from a number of individuals and parties in Australia and New Zealand demonstrates that the voices of consumers who want choice, and drivers who want opportunity, are being heard and have champions within government.NSW Minister for Finance, Dominic Perrottet, spoke for the people of his constituency and state in calling for innovation, choice and opportunity to be embraced.He said, “One thing is clear to me. The sharing economy is here to stay. The more people move online and take up social, mobile and reputational platforms, the more this is going to grow. It’s an efficient use of resources and the uptake so far already shows that the market has spoken. My view is that governments should not stand in the way of this change but seek to facilitate it”.The WA Liberal party also refused to kowtow to the incumbent industry and voted at their state party conference for regulations that prevented services like Uber from operating to be removed.Speaking about the vote, Paul Miles, WA Liberal MP, said, “It’s great to be a member of a party and Government that supports the removal of red tape that creates new jobs and gives riders what they want.”The ACCC has also provided several recommendations supporting consumer choice in transportation and Graeme Samuel, when Chairman of the ACCC, made this comment.“What we are doing is getting rid of impediments so that technology can have the competitive impact it should have. Incumbents have been able to use the strength of regulations to build dominant positions in the market place. Their market power has to be watched very carefully. That’s the challenge for the ACCC.”Even NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian acknowledges that users want choice and the government needs to adapt its legislation, which is currently being updated for the first time since 1990.“I want to make that point clear, that everybody is now open in relation to booking services and apps . . . This is an issue in progress and the Government is considering future steps and what riders want and obviously we are undertaking these issues in a very logical manner, but I completely appreciate the complexity around those issues.”Demand for Uber in Australia and New Zealand has been phenomenal. Scare campaigns aren’t working. We’re growing, we’re here to stay and we look forward to pushing forward with governments in all states and jurisdictions to provide choice and opportunity for all.