Swan Taxi fights back over buyback levy

Swan Taxi fights back over buyback levy

SWAN Taxis has fired a salvo in Perth ‘Uber Tax’ wars by declaring it will absorb the 10 per cent levy being imposed for all taxi, Uber or charter vehicle rides.

The State Government’s controversial taxi plate buyback levy comes into effect in less than two weeks on April 1, which will raise the cost of fares for travellers.

The levy will fund a four-year, $120 million taxi plate buyback scheme as part of an effort to overhaul WA’s troubled transport industry, which has grappled with regulation issues since the rise of ridesharing companies.

Last year Uber, which remains Perth’s most popular rideshare company, said it would pass on the levy in full to its customers.

It’s rival Shofer indicated it may absorb the cost.

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