Melbourne taxis have arrived at Parliament House after crawling into the city at 5 kilometres per hour to again protest against industry reforms, causing havoc for morning motorists.
Drivers travelled in a slow convoy along the Tullamarine Freeway from Melbourne Airport for a rally on Spring St, arriving two hours and 45 minutes after their 8:00am departure.
Other protesters had already gathered there and were waiting for the convoy to arrive.
James Hancock tweet: Carmel Bianchi is taking part in today’s protest because her son is a driver. ‘I’m very worried, we’re losing everything’
Earlier this month, dozens of drivers held up morning traffic on the Bolte Bridge in a similar protest.
The Victorian Government is planning to introduce industry-wide reforms, including regulating Uber and scraping taxi licences.
Some within the industry are concerned the compensation for the licences will be inadequate.
Driver Vasilios Spanos owns three licences and said the current offer would financially ruin his family.
“It cost me altogether for the three licences more than $800,000. Now the Government offer to me $100,000 for my first licence, $50,000 for my second and $50,000 for my third,” he said.
The Government argues the changes will create a more even playing field and better services.
After the last taxi protest, Uber emailed its users in Victoria, urging them to lobby the State Government not to introduce the $2 levy on all taxi, Uber and hire car rides.
James Hancock tweet: “We want justice” Protesters at State Parliament call for better deal under plans to buy-back taxi licences.