Taxi drivers in New South Wales will now be compensated by ride-booking passengers, after the state government passed legislation Wednesday night that will see paid drivers collect an additional AU 1 from customers. The AU 1 levy forms part of a compensation scheme for taxi drivers that have been affected by the NSW government's point-to-point transform reform. The compensation and industry adjustment package is valued at AU 250 million including AU 20,000 up-front payments for licence plate holders with up to two licences, and the creation of a hardship panel to assess further compensation claims. Of that, AU 150 million will come from government while the remaining AU 100 million will be paid for by the temporary AU 1 levy. "Nowhere else in the world have we seen such a generous compensation package to assist industry adjustment when it comes to the taxi industry; nowhere else in the world have we made available the capacity for the transport economy to evolve like we're going to see," Transport Minister Andrew Constance told reporters on Thursday.
Jun-23-2016, 07:10:59 GMT