The Uber vs. Taxi feud lingers with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) putting the ride-sharing service on notice and issuing 40 drivers with suspension notices.
Roads and Maritime Direct of Safety and Compliance, Peter Wells justifies the suspensions by claiming that taxi and hire car services in NSW must be provided by an operator accredited by Roads and Maritime, in a licensed and insured vehicle, driven by an authorised driver.
Uber drivers are now risking registration suspension and hefty fines if they continue to participate in illegal ride-sharing. The suspensions will take effect from the end of September to December, and if a suspended vehicle is found on the road after October 1st, drivers could face $637 to $2200 in fines.
The NSW Government have even gone as far as establishing an independent taskforce to examine the future of taxi and hire car industry.