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Question On Notice No. 1843 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 February 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Transport; Planning
Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) Will the Minister confirm that the 10 per cent levy on the turnover of taxis and on demand transport will commence on 1 April 2019?
(2) Will the Minister provide the department's estimate of the number of vehicles to which the levy will apply?
(3) Will the Minister confirm that electric vehicles will be exempt from the levy?
(4) Will the Minister confirm that Swan Taxis has ordered 1,500 electric vehicles?
(5) Is the Minister aware of a report that Uber intends to close its Perth office?
(6) If Uber does close its Perth office, what procedure will the Government follow to extract the 10 per cent levy from the international headquarters of Uber?
(7) If the 10 per cent levy proves unworkable, whether because of exemptions for electric vehicles or lack of cooperation by operators or for any other reason, will the Government adopt instead a flat levy of $75 per week per vehicle?

Answered on 19 March 2019

(1) Yes, subject to the gazettal of the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2019.

(2) The levy is calculated based on the estimated number of on-demand trips undertaken, not vehicles.

(3) Yes

(4) This is a matter for Swan Taxis.

(5) This is a matter for Uber.

(6) The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 and regulations require a booking service to have at least one responsible officer based in Western Australia as a condition of authorisation. A booking service cannot operate in the State without authorisation or an association arrangement with an authorised booking service.

(7) The levy will remain at 10 per cent of fare revenue capped at $10 per leviable journey.