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Uber court decision prompts urgent legislation change in Victoria

Uber court decision prompts urgent legislation change in Victoria

Legislation will go before the Victorian Parliament this week to boost the powers of the Taxi Services Commissioner in the wake of a court case which effectively legalised the ride sharing service Uber, in Victoria.

The case, which saw Uber driver Nathan Brennerwin an appeal against a $900 fine for operating without accreditation, relied on a section of the Transport Act which was largely regarded as redundant.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan told 774 ABC Melbourne the case revealed shortcomings in the act, which would be repealed.

"It is to ensure that people we don't want driving taxis, people with criminal convictions, people with convictions of sexual assault ... can't get behind the wheel of a taxi and the taxi services commissioner can enforce those powers," she said.

Ms Allan said the Government had "very strong advice" that they should act urgently.

"What we are doing is to give absolute clarity around the taxi services commission's powers to enforce regulations on the taxi and hire care industry as a whole."

Ms Allan said they were getting closer to making a decision about whether or not Uber would be legalised in Victoria.

She said it was important to get it right.

"Other states have made announcements but no other state has legislated except Queensland and they've cracked down on regulations around ride sharing," she said.

"It's close. We have more work to do. We want to get it right.

"We have to protect people getting in a vehicle with someone else and being driven around town.

"We have to make sure that there are the safety regulations in place to address any issues."

Credit: ABC

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